Christmas Bells

Christmas Bells
Christmas Bells - Blandfordia nobilis

Monday, September 19, 2011

West Wyalong birding weekend

These are not Robertson birds. They are birds photographed on a trip with registered Bird Banders to Charcoal Tank Nature Reserve, just a few kilometres south-west from West Wyalong.

My excuse for this indulgence (going bush for the weekend and blogging about these birds), is that I grew up with Mark Clayton, a Regional Organiser for the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme who trained as a Bird Bander with my father, Steve Wilson. So there is an element of a sentimental journey in this trip for me. Mark went on to work at CSIRO, and has since retired and still bands birds as a volunteer, and helps train other banders. For me, it is a fascinating thought that I knew Mark as a fourteen year old schoolboy, and he is still banding birds in his retirement. As the French say "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose".
I also met up with Neville Schrader OAM, a very experienced naturalist and long-standing Bird Bander himself. Neville's wife Shaydeen was also helping out. I also met up again with Anthony Overs, a senior Bird Bander and fellow Blogger, who I had met previously at Charcoal Tank. With other banders Jen, Kim and Carole and Stewart, and his son Duncan, it was a very pleasant weekend.

There are so many photos, I shall simply name the birds, with little discussion.
Hotlinks take you to other websites with more information about each species.
The image files are all relatively small (to facilitate fast loading)
But you can enlarge the images by clicking on them, to see the finer details.

Inland Thornbill - note the reddish eye and throat markings (like Brown Thornbill)

Eastern Yellow Robin
Brown-headed Honeyeater - note the difference in markings.
A Southern Boobook Owl stayed well and truly out of reach.
Head of Chestnut-rumped Thornbill. Note the pale eye and scalloped head markings
Tail view of  Chestnut-rumped Thornbill
Juvenile Golden Whistler (note the rufous plumage)
Grey Fantail - a dark coloured specimen displaying its tail
Horsefield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Diagnostic markings on tail of Horsefield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Double-barred Finch
Yellow (Little) Thornbill - note the fine markings around the eye
Plain olive coloured tail of Yellow Thornbill. Note the short tail.
Painted Button-quail - head and chest. Probably a male bird.
Foot of Painted Button-quail
Red-capped Robin - male
Red-capped Robin - female
Rufous Whistler - male
Rufous Whistler - female
Spotted Pardalote - male
Striated Pardalote - broad wing striped form (6 white lines on wing)
Variegated Fairy-wren = male just reverting to breeding plumage
White-eared Honeyeater - adult with grey head
White-eared Honeyeater - immature bird with green head cap, and yellow gape mark.
White-plumed Honeyeater - head and eye markings
White-plumed Honeyeater note the diagnostic mark on its neck.
White-throated Treecreeper - male (no orange spot on throat)
White-throated Treecreeper - female (note orange spot below eye)
Huge hind toe of White-throated Treecreeper. No wonder they can climb trees so well.
Yellow-rumped Thornbill


mick said...

What a wonderful way of indulging oneself!
btw Anthony Overs hasn't posted to his blog for more than a year. I book-marked it a long time ago.

Denis Wilson said...

Thanks Mick
I agree it is a nice way to indulge oneself.
I am aware of AO's delay in posting. Maybe he will get inspired.

ValeriaVine said...

They are the sweetest most darling little things . . . . what a treat to be so close!

Denis Wilson said...

Thanks VV.
Yes some are just unbelievably tiny.
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill seemed smallest (most fragile). But the "Yellow TB" lived up to its Latin name "nana" (small).
Its a great experience to be so close to these birds.
My personal favourite was the Painted Button-quail, though. So rare to get to see one so close.

Denis Wilson said...

That was meant to be V.V.
It came out as VV.

Rohrerbot said...

This looks like a really fun day. That's quite a few birds. Thanks for taking us on your day of exploration.

Denis Wilson said...

Thanks Rohrerbot.
Yes it was a good trip, and more birds (and some different ones) than on some visits.