|The same White-headed Pigeon|
|Close up of the White-headed Pigeon|
|White-headed Pigeon again|
While I was photographing the White-headed Pigeon I heard some other birds flying over. I didn't recognise their call in flight. It was three Pacific Bazas. I forgot to change the settings on my camera before attempting to get this photo, hence the poor quality.
|White-headed Pigeon from behind|
Not much further down the road two Pheasant Coucals flew from out of the long grass beside the road and nearly flew out in front of the car. Luckily I saw them flying out and they stopped flying in time. I went back quickly to try and get a photo but one had gone back into the grass and the other was high up in a gum tree.
When we got to the Kandanga turnoff off the Mary River Road we saw and heard heaps of honeyeaters in the bottlebrush and paperbark trees on the side of the road. We pulled up for a quick look but the birds were moving too quickly to get decent photos in the low light, plus it was starting to rain and I didn't want to get the camera wet. I managed to get a reasonable shot of the Scarlet Honeyeaters before we left.
The main birds seen were heaps of Brown Honeyeaters, several Scarlet Honeyeaters and Noisy Friarbirds.
|Another Scarlet Honeyeater|
After the shower of rain the Golden-headed Cisticolas came out to dry off in the sun while it was out for a brief moment.
|Golden-headed Cisticola preening|
|Another Golden-headed Cisticola|
|A Golden-headed Cisticola just a little drier|
Just after the Stirling Crossing turnoff we saw the Dusky Woodswallows in good numbers. They were not being very approachable though. Eventually they began to land in one tree just over the fence which allowed us to get a few shots.
|Another Dusky Woodswallow|
|Dusky Woodswallow again|
|The same Dusky Woodswallow as above|
Only a short distance down the road the Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes were out collecting bugs from the paddocks. They were hovering just above the grass to catch the insects and then they would land on the fence again. Just as we approached them though it started raining again!!
|Another Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike|
Jacky Winters were in huge numbers. We would have seen over 100 birds in a small area. The most I have seen in a small area before this would have been 5 -10 birds.
|Jacky Winter from behind|
|The same Jacky Winter from above|
|A Jacky Winter feeding on the ground|
|Another Jacky Winter searching for food on the ground|
|Another Jacky Winter on the ground|
|A Jacky Winter|
|A Jacky Winter roosting|
We saw a few Eastern Spinebills but they were not very keen to come out of the thick foliage. This one landed out in the open for a short period but it was still covered by twigs. A terrible photo but slightly better than the terrible photo I got of this species yesterday!
|The same Eastern Spinebill|
Little Lorikeets were out in the hundreds. This is the largest flock of them that I have seen anywhere. Due to their small size and the fact they feed on the flowers at the tops of the big gum trees, obtaining decent photos of them is very difficult. To be honest, even locating them is difficult. They can be heard easily at least. These are the best few shots I could get.
|The same Little Lorikeets from above|
We managed to get some better shots of the New Holland Honeyeaters but even these shots are not as good as I hoped to get.
|New Holland Honeyeater|
|The same New Holland Honeyeater from above|
Lots of Large-billed Scrubwrens could be seen and heard in the whole area but they were not as approachable as they were in the last place I saw them. They all seem to be obsessed with feathers though. If there is a feather on the ground, they can't go past it without picking it up for flicking it.
|New Holland Honeyeater|
|The best photo of the New Holland Honeyeater I obtained|
Today I did mange to see the Noisy Pittas on several occasions, for a few seconds each time. One flew overhead once and then I saw another clearly on the ground in the bush on two occasions. It was behind lots of small shrubs and it was quite dark so I was unable to get a shot as I couldn't get the camera to focus quickly enough before he flew off. I saw it flying around and on the forest floor in the distance a few more times but I was unable to see him clearly.
This is definitely a place that I will be coming back to again. I am hoping to get much better quality shots of some of the species that I located this weekend. I wasn't happy with the many of the shots and lots of this was due to the dull lighting, the position of the birds in the trees and me not focussing on one bird at a time so I missed several opportunities.
More updates and pics coming soon.
Australian Birds Photography: KEUNEA PHOTOGRAPHY