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Bird Life Nyngan Narromine Dubbo Wellington

 

Bird Life in the local area’s of Nyngan, Trangie, Narromine, Dubbo and Wellington

 

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Images of the ‘Sacred Kingfisher’ at Nyngan

 

The ‘Bird Life’ captured in these images were taken on the latter part of the Mollymook swimmers Western NSW tour, specifically at Nyngan, Trangie, Narromine, Dubbo and Wellington. Prominent in the stories and advertising relating to these specific area’s was the ‘Sacred Kingfisher’ bird. I had never heard of, nor seen this particular bird before. My first stop on this section of the trip was at Nyngan. Nyngan is a rural centre situated on the Mitchell Highway astride the Bogan River on the eastern edge of the Great Outback and has some beautiful river walks and park land on both sides of the Bogan. I spent about an hour at this location early to mid morning. The bird life was quite prolific and as I was finishing photographing and wandering back to my car there sat on my vehicle’s outside rear vision mirror this magnificent coloured bird. So pretty! It soon took off and parked in one of the nearby trees where I was able to get a variety of images as per the above, of this ‘Sacred Kingfisher’.

Wikipedia: “The sacred kingfisher is a medium-sized woodland kingfisher that occurs in mangroves, woodlands, forests, and river valleys in Australia, New Zealand, and other parts of the western Pacific”.

I wish to credit Charles Dove for his help in identifying some of these birds. He has been very helpful in getting me started in the photography of ‘Bird Life’.                   (Click on images to enlarge) 

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Bird Photography: Crescent Heads July 2020

 

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Regent-Bowerbird

 

Sightings of the above ‘Regent Bowerbird’ are usually very rare. This pic was my sole sighting over 7 days at Crescent Heads, ‘it was there one moment and gone the next’. Reportedly one of the quietest Bowerbirds, seldom calling away from the bower, usually just soft grating calls.

I would spend about an hour each morning photographing the local bird life that were relatively few in number due to the winter months and I am sure would be more plentiful during spring. Most mornings were spent at a variety of areas surrounding the Crescent Head beach, mainly north and south sides, although on one morning I took a drive to Hat Head and walked around the headland, but being closer to mid-day I only saw a few birds in the Hat Head National Park. Birds that were new to me included the ‘White-cheeked-Honeyeater’, (I thought it was a Yellow Faced Honeyeater like we have down here in the Morton National Parks.) Nor was I familiar with the ‘Fantail-Cuckoo’, the ‘Masked-Lapwing’, the ‘Brown-Thornbill’ and the ‘Rufous-Whistler’. A very pretty bird and there were many of them was the ‘Welcome-swallow’. I hope you enjoy looking at the different species.

I would like to acknowledge bird enthusiast Charles Dove who helped me identify the various bird types.

Best to click and make the pics bigger

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