Round Hill NR via Chiltern

15 09 2010

Perhaps not the most direct route, but it had to be done. ~2500 km, probably 100ml of rain, and 152 birds (full list in the comments).

Google Earth with all my survey sites overlayed.

Day 1-4 was Sydney -> Chiltern with some uni work thrown in. It was cold, wet and windy. Not a lot of birding to be done. See earlier posts for the highlights.

Day 5 involved driving to Lake Cargelligo, which was to be my HQ for the following 3ish days. I firstly tried to re-create my last trip to Leeton and crossed fingers hoping for another Grey Falcon, but it wasn’t to be. I did manage to get photos of a Hobby eating a White-breasted Woodswallow though, so that’s pretty cool. The lake was super full! Last time we were there it was probably 60% full, and earlier in the year, there was footage on ABC news of the lake totally empty, so it was good to see it with some water in there.

A view of the lake

Between Chiltern and Lake Cargelligo, the first inland birds started to make an appearance – Blue Bonnet being my marker bird – when I start seeing them, I know I’m inland. There were more Blue Bonnets on this trip than any previous.

Blue Bonnet. This was taken at Whoey Tank, Round Hill NR, but you get the idea 🙂

Day 6 was a trip to Round Hill and Nombinnie NR’s, and a visit to Lake Cargelligo STW. First up was “Chat Alley”, which was devoid of Chats, but did produce White-winged Fairy-wren and Rufous Songlark. Whoey Tank at Round Hill was fantastic. The usual suspects were there (Spotted Bowerbird, Hooded Robin etc). Unfortunately the rain meant that I couldn’t get in to Nombinnie, although as the day was looking sunny and windy, so I had hopes that it would dry out a bit over the afternoon. The STW was, as always, fantastic. I ended up with about 30 species in 30 minutes, including Yellow-billed Spoonbill and Red-necked Avocet, both birds I’ve struggled with this year. They’re now safely on the year list. I also managed to see a pair of Major Mitchell’s Cockatoos and got a dodgy record shot of them.

Day 7 – had a planned trip again to Round Hill and Nombinnie, as well as going out to Mt. Hope. Unfortunately there was no power into Lake Cargelligo until 1 pm, so I had my half tank of petrol and around a 200km round trip… I decided to risk it, but as soon as the fuel meter got below 1/4 full, I would turn around. Fortunately the trip passed without event, and I was able to get into Nombinnie and the fabled “Old Wheat Paddock”. There was, however, a lake in the middle of the road, so I couldn’t get very far along the track, so no Red-lored Whistler for me, but I did manage Southern Scrub-robin, Shy Heathwren, Grey-fronted, White-fronted, Brown-headed and Black-chinned Honeyeaters, and a pair of Splendid Fairy-wren! Not a bad morning. At Whoey Tank I seemed to spend more time taking photos of plants than birds, although the highlight would have to be an obliging Mulga Parrot.

Mulga Parrot - this male had me running around trying to get a clear shot.

Day 8 – Up early for sunrise, and an uneventful trip home via Grenfell. I was going to camp at Weddin Mountains on the way home, but I’d ran out of food and was making good time, so home it was.

The Lake at freezing oclock

All of the images are being a bit cropped on the right – I’ll try to sort that out tonight on the late shift at work.




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15 09 2010

Species List:

Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae
Black Swan Cygnus atratus
Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides
Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata
Australasian Shoveler Anas rhynchotis
Grey Teal Anas gracilis
Chestnut Teal Anas castanea
Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa
Hardhead Aythya australis
Blue-billed Duck Oxyura australis
Australasian Grebe Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
Hoary-headed Grebe Poliocephalus poliocephalus
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera
Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps lophotes
Peaceful Dove Geopelia striata
Australian Owlet-nightjar Aegotheles cristatus
Australasian Darter Anhinga novaehollandiae
Little Pied Cormorant Microcarbo melanoleucos
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Little Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax varius
Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus
White-necked Heron Ardea pacifica
Great Egret Ardea alba
Eastern Great Egret Ardea modesta
Intermediate Egret Ardea intermedia
Cattle Egret Ardea ibis
White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae
Australian White Ibis Threskiornis molucca
Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis
Royal Spoonbill Platalea regia
Yellow-billed Spoonbill Platalea flavipes
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus axillaris
Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus
Collared Sparrowhawk Accipiter cirrhocephalus
Spotted Harrier Circus assimilis
Swamp Harrier Circus approximans
Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax
Little Eagle Hieraaetus morphnoides
Nankeen Kestrel Falco cenchroides
Brown Falcon Falco berigora
Australian Hobby Falco longipennis
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio
Baillon’s Crake Porzana pusilla
Black-tailed Native-hen Tribonyx ventralis
Dusky Moorhen Gallinula tenebrosa
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
Red-necked Avocet Recurvirostra novaehollandiae
Black-fronted Dotterel Elseyornis melanops
Banded Lapwing Vanellus tricolor
Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles
Silver Gull Croicocephalus novaehollandiae
Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo Lophochroa leadbeateri
Galah Eolophus roseicapillus
Little Corella Cacatua sanguinea
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
Cockatiel Nymphicus hollandicus
Australian King-Parrot Alisterus scapularis
Superb Parrot Polytelis swainsonii
Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans
Yellow Rosella Platycercus flaveolus
Eastern Rosella Platycercus eximius
Australian Ringneck Barnardius zonarius
Blue Bonnet Northiella haematogaster
Red-rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus
Mulga Parrot Psephotus varius
Budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus
Turquoise Parrot Neophema pulchella
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo Chalcites lucidus
Fan-tailed Cuckoo Cacomantis flabelliformis
Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
Brown Treecreeper Climacteris picumnus
Spotted Bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus maculatus
Superb Fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus
Splendid Fairy-wren Malurus splendens
White-winged Fairy-wren Malurus leucopterus
Variegated Fairy-wren Malurus lamberti
Shy Heathwren Hylacola cauta
Striated Fieldwren Calamanthus fuliginosus
Speckled Warbler Chthonicola sagittata
Weebill Smicrornis brevirostris
Western Gerygone Gerygone fusca
White-throated Gerygone Gerygone albogularis
Yellow Thornbill Acanthiza nana
Yellow-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza uropygialis
Inland Thornbill Acanthiza apicalis
Brown Thornbill Acanthiza pusilla
Southern Whiteface Aphelocephala leucopsis
Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater Lichenostomus melanops
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus ornatus
Grey-fronted Honeyeater Lichenostomus plumulus
Fuscous Honeyeater Lichenostomus fuscus
White-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicillatus
White-fronted Honeyeater Purnella albifrons
Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala
Yellow-throated Miner Manorina flavigula
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Acanthagenys rufogularis
Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata
Black-chinned Honeyeater Melithreptus gularis
Brown-headed Honeyeater Melithreptus brevirostris
Blue-faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis
Noisy Friarbird Philemon corniculatus
Little Friarbird Philemon citreogularis
Striped Honeyeater Plectorhyncha lanceolata
Grey-crowned Babbler Pomatostomus temporalis
White-browed Babbler Pomatostomus superciliosus
Ground Cuckoo-shrike Coracina maxima
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Coracina novaehollandiae
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike Coracina papuensis
Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis
Rufous Whistler Pachycephala rufiventris
Grey Shrike-thrush Colluricincla harmonica
Crested Bellbird Oreoica gutturalis
White-breasted Woodswallow Artamus leucorynchus
Dusky Woodswallow Artamus cyanopterus
Grey Butcherbird Cracticus torquatus
Pied Butcherbird Cracticus nigrogularis
Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen
Pied Currawong Strepera graculina
Grey Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa
Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys
Australian Raven Corvus coronoides
Little Raven Corvus mellori
Restless Flycatcher Myiagra inquieta
Magpie-lark Grallina cyanoleuca
White-winged Chough Corcorax melanorhamphos
Apostlebird Struthidea cinerea
Jacky Winter Microeca fascinans
Scarlet Robin Petroica boodang
Red-capped Robin Petroica goodenovii
Hooded Robin Melanodryas cucullata
Southern Scrub-robin Drymodes brunneopygia
Golden-headed Cisticola Cisticola exilis
Australian Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus australis
Little Grassbird Megalurus gramineus
Rufous Songlark Cincloramphus mathewsi
Brown Songlark Cincloramphus cruralis
White-backed Swallow Cheramoeca leucosterna
Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena
Fairy Martin Petrochelidon ariel
Tree Martin Petrochelidon nigricans
Common Blackbird Turdus merula
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Mistletoebird Dicaeum hirundinaceum
Diamond Firetail Stagonopleura guttata
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Australasian Pipit Anthus novaeseelandiae

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