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A few more birds found in some interesting places. Rest stops are areas worth investigating as I have had numerous surprises when I start walking about with the camera. I often wish that the tea /coffee took a bit more time to drink!

Hope I have not posted too many and that they trigger some itchy feet. There is a lot to explore out there.


male Purple-crowned Fairywren seen in Borroloola, NT. I only saw one pair and being amongst Red-backed Fairywrens, it was difficult to follow them as they moved along. A first!

female Purple-crowned Fairywren seen in Borroloola, NT

Northern Rosella at Katherine, NT. Thought this would be a good comparison with the one below.

Western Rosella at Foxes Lair Reserve, Narrogin, WA. Sorry I missed the tail but it came too close to me and I was not game to move.

Collared Kingfisher in the Maningrida area, Arnhem Land, NT. A long way to travel for this one but worth the effort as it was a first.

Weebill from Nerren Nerren rest stop, WA. We found these little ones in a number of rest stops in WA.

Inland Thornbill at a rest stop between Merredin & Kalgoorlie, WA where we found numerous little birds including what is apparently a Shy Heathwren!

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill another of the numerous little birds at a rest stop between Merredin & Kalgoorlie, WA

Rufous Treecreeper in the Dryandra Woodlands, WA was another first sighting. These treecreepers were very vocal and wuite a number werein the area. Beautiful coloured bird.

Purple-crowned Lorrikeet from the Wingarie area on road between Kalgoorlie and Balladonia, WA. This was a wonderful surprise as we heard and saw them flying over. When we pulled in for a break, they were in the trees all around us. Such a treat and another first!

Yellow-plumed (or Mallee) Honeyeater seen at the Fraser Range rest area, WA. This adult was feeding a juvenile and was another first!

Grey-fronted Honeyeater in Kalgoorlie, WA. This is similar to the Yellow-plumed but I believe that the grey front refers to the head not the body.

White-fronted Honeyeater from the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens, Port Augusta, SA. Fading light but I have only seen this one a couple of times.

alcatraz's picture

Another great set Sue! Don't you just love travel and capturing new species. The parrots are special. 

Woko's picture

How important it is to preserve & restore those habitats! Wonderful shots & wonderful species, Sue.

Devster's picture

Wow, wow, wow. Soo many new species I don't have. I think the only ones I have are the Torresian Kingfisher and the Weebill. Well done.

Greyson's picture

wonderful, wonderful!

laza's picture

Fantastic set Sue that purple headed Fairy wren I would love to see.

The Northern Rosella is incredible 

Dont take life too seriously, it never ends well

sue818's picture

Thank you for all the comments. I am pleased that you found them interesting. With so many places, I saw quite a few new birds and some were posted in the ID section for help e.g. Black-winged Tern, Little Eagle, Western Grasswren. A few more to come sometime. My husband could not believe that I kept seeing a new bird! Generally I do better with the photography on a second sighting. I have not posted the Sandstone Shrike-thrush or the White-lined Honeyeater from Arnhem Land as the light was very harsh and the birds distant with just the 300mm lens. Of the ones above, I think my greatest thrills were the Purple-crowned Fairywren and the Purle-crowned Lorrikeet.

Also thanks to Devster, I now remember the name change from Collared to Torresian KF. I will need to add some notes to my latest bird guide and rename my picture folder. I must also find time to rename some Variegated Fairywrens to Purple-backed FW as I found them west of the Great Dividing Range. Would be interesting to know what others do about naming when there is a taxonomy change.


HelloBirdy's picture

Very nice range of birds, the vast majority I have not seen.

Aiming for DSLR-quality shots with a bridge camera

timmo's picture

Wow! What a gorgeous and varied bunch! They'd almost all be new ones for me too.

The size of that kingfisher's bill is amazing


sue818's picture

Thanks, Ryu and Tim. Yes, the Torresian formerly Collared Kingfisher bill really is huge and I was thrilled to see one. Still going through pictures as we saw so much.


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