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Old Monday 23rd December 2019, 09:41   #226
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Your pix are getting better and better Delia - and well done on the Bourke’s Parrots and the Crimson Chat!


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To put a few myths to rest.
Snakes.
99% of what you hear is simply ignorance, superstition and old wives tails. Australian snakes do NOT see you as their next meal. If you provoke the snake then it will attempt to defend itself. All one has to do is give the animal it's space and it will leave you alone.
A TV documentary that did the rounds about 15 years ago (Australia's Most Dangerous) was grossly misleading. Just because the Taipan has a very toxic venom doesn't necessarily make it the most dangerous. There are plenty of snakes in the world that are considered to be more dangerous. The red bellied black snake is potentially dangerous but it is a relatively docile.

Your Cone shell is a common shell often found at low tide on sand or mud flats. There are other cone shells found in tropical waters through out the world that are dangerous IF you pick them up.

The common sense approach is wear appropriate enclosed footwear and loose fitting long trousers.

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Delia, love your Bourke's Parrots and the Crimson chat, your photos are wonderful, thanks for sharing!
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Thanks all for your lovely comments.

LOL Mike I loved that wee ditty... think I remember that one from my rather dim and distant past!!
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Continuing along the Eastern Loop and gradually making our way back to the Homestead we happened upon a Pied Butcherbird, then a Black Kite was seen flying high.

Almost back at the Homestead, there was a little group of Galahs and nearby an Australian Ringneck. Red-kneed Dotterel on the dam finished off the morning.

Also seen on that loop, but not photographed, were Red-capped Robin, Whistling Kite and Nankeen Kestrel.
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Old Monday 23rd December 2019, 22:12   #231
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Saw Pits

The afternoon saw us heading out to Saw Pits a dam in the middle of nowhere.

We'd hardly left the homestead grounds when we spotted a female White-browed Woodswallow and shortly after a Mulga Parrot.

Arriving at Saw Pits the first bird to come into view was an Australian Grebe. Then on the far side Hans picked out for me some Black-tailed Nativehens - in the shade of course! (I was to get better pictures at a later date).

The last picture shows the right hand end of the Pit, the Nativehens were on the far bank where the trees are at the water's edge (if that makes sense)
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a nice bunch of shots today and in great light and those head-on Bourke's just wonderful.

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Thanks very much Hans; the Bourke's were gorgeous, weren't they.
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Over by the Black-tailed Nativehens were some rather sleepy Grey Teal.

Driving along the tracks round-about, Hans spotted movement in the undergrowth and identified it as a Southern Whiteface. What a job I had to get a picture of him!!! How he saw him in the first place, I've no idea LOL

We'd now got ourselves to the road leading to the entrance gate and found a dark morph Brown Falcon sitting in a tree near the road. Then a family of Emus were feeding but decided to get back into hiding when they saw us.

Also seen in this area were some Grey-crowned Babblers but, try as I might, I just couldn't get a picture of them. They were quite mobile and kept very much to the shade, making it difficult for my camera to focus on them.

Back at the Homestead dam, was a rather handsome White-faced Heron.
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Bowra Finale

A Pied Stilt was feeding with a youngster very close to him. Magpie-Lark and Dotterel were also around.

The last picture shows the bottom part of the dam close to the accommodation block.

And this brings to an end five days of a wonderful stay at this remarkable reserve.

We were off at the crack of dawn the next day to do the whole journey back in one go. Unfortunately I've lost the folder for that day. Some rather nice pictures were on it sadly, which included (not that great) pictures of my first Wedge-tailed Eagle. There was snow on the road as we skirted the Bunya Mountains would you believe!!!
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Find it hard to believe the bit about the snow Delia .
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LOL Ken... Judy didn't believe it either, until Hans got out the car and picked some up.

I thought he was going to wash her face with it
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As we drove back home it became obvious that it had been raining with some puddles lying at the side of the road.

Hans was delighted to see some water in his dam at long last, not a lot, but some!!

We were all very tired after the long drive so didn't hang around long before heading to bed.

Pretty early in the morning Hans called me through saying there were King Parrots in the garden - what beauties they are. Had to take this picture through the kitchen window so as not to scare them off.

It had poured with rain most of the night and was still raining!! Very welcome.

Also coming in at that time were some Sulphur-breasted Cockatoos. A Pied Currawong was supervising proceedings from a high point. Then Galahs and Rainbow Lorikeets came in together. It was still raining.

An hour later it just threw it down for about half an hour, as you can see in my last picture. Gosh it knows how to rain out there.

From memory I think Hans said he'd measured 63mm of rain since we got back! Water was now pouring down the hill into his dam.
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The rain was easing off so I went out to see how the dam was doing. A Magpie-Lark seemed to be really enjoying the novelty of taking a shower!

Back in the garden a Double-barred Finch was glad to see some feed out for them at last. A Brown Honeyeater came down for a drink, then the Superb Fairywrens emerged from shelter in the shrubs.
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Delia, your photos are fantastic, I am so enjoying your report of 'Down-under' ....how many lifers so far?
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Thanks so much Nora... I hope you enjoyed your day yesterday.

Do you know... I really haven't counted. I didn't think to keep that record when I started LOL. I'll try and work it out when I've finished this report... even then I might miss some, especially the ones that didn't get photographed.

It's well over 100 already I'd think!
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Love that King Parrot Delia!

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Hi Chris.

Yeah they sure were gorgeous. A lovely welcome home that LOL
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The White-winged Choughs returned and I managed to get a picture showing the white patch on the wing.

I went back to the dam to see how it was filling, as water had been pouring down the hill during the downpour. Looking good!! It had even attracted a Sacred Kingfisher to the area.

Back in the garden a Blue-faced Honeyeater was in for a drink.

Talking a seat I spotted something fly in to some trees on the neighbour's property, which turned out to be a Black-faced Cuckooshrike.
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Just before the sun went down I was off out again round the property.

In the front garden were some Maned Ducks with some Sulphur-crested Cockatoos keeping them company.

To finish off the day I got some moths, as yet not properly identified. The white one could be a Footman species possibly, the middle one no idea and the last could perhaps be either of these maybe:

http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of...ymatoides.html

https://www.ozanimals.com/Insect/Sou...lenophora.html

Then finally Hans found this charming Australian Green Treefrog in one of the pot plants.

Edit: The third moth has been confirmed as a Southern Old Lady Moth by Nora. Many thanks.
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Love the pictures today, Delia. Especially the kingfisher and the tilt of the head on the blue-faced honeyeater.
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We were off early again the next morning, but not before catching a King Parrot in the garden!

I went down to open the gate and behind the neighbour's fence was a Kangaroo (Eastern Grey I think).

A juvenile Pied Butcherbird was in the trees a Noisy Miner with an odd lump of feathers on his neck, was pecking around on and under the tables of the kitchen block at the camp site, then a Laughing Kookaburra came and sat on the railings.
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