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Old Thursday 19th December 2019, 20:25   #201
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As we continued the drive back to the Homestead, Hans spotted a Gould's Monitor on the road. This guy has many names, including Racehorse Goanna.

He sure was fast when he finally set off into the bush, so that last name is a good one LOL.

As we entered the grounds of the Homestead we found an Emu with his youngsters in tow... I think there were 9 of them.

After lunch we had a quick look at the Homestead Dam finding Magpie-Lark and Red-kneed Dotterel.

We took the Airport Road (yep.... there's an airport at Cunnamulla!!!) Black-faced Woodswallow found on top of a bush. Think that's my 4th species of woodswallow so far!!!
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Deep into the Airport Track and rounding a bend, we saw movements in the verge foliage. It took me some time and many attempts to get photos of a stunning Crimson Chat.

This was the only decent picture I took on that drive, everything else was well obscured so my images were out of focus or I didn't get one at all. Fortunately I'd already photographed most of them or got them on other days.

The other species seen were Australian Ringneck, White-winged Triller, Willie Wagtail, Bourke's Parrot, White-browed and Black-faced Woodswallows and Cockatiels.

So I took a picture of the emerging moon (something I'd really struggled to do with the Fuji). Don't know if it's me, but I've never seen that shape of moon in the UK (with the nibble out of the bottom) and never saw a 'side-ways crescent?

Back at the Homestead, Black-fronted Dotterel was easily visible on the Dam. In the grounds surrounding the cabin was a beautiful Little Corella and a species I'd been trying to track down for days a Brown Treecreeper
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WOW!!!! just love that Crimson Chat Delia!

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still waiting for your wonderful photos of a Bourke's Parrot at the dam.Hope you haven't lost them.

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Hi Hans.... indeed I haven't lost them. They're coming.

I'm just preparing the report and pictures for the last day now. That was a good day too, the last one, wasn't it.
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Bowra

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I was up at sunrise the next morning and wandered around to see what was about. Shooting conditions a bit awkward with the very low sun.

The first bird to show himself was an Australian Ring-neck. Then a delightful wee White-winged Triller sat on top of a tree for a few minutes. A Crested Pigeon sat on top of another tree.

A quick look down at the dam then, with Masked Plover and Black-fronted Dotterel already up.

Everyone else was beginning to move about by now and it was time for breakfast.
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still waiting for your wonderful photos of a Bourke's Parrot at the dam.Hope you haven't lost them.

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Suddenly Hans and I noticed, both at the same time, a movement in the background.... a Lace Monitor.

I was delighted when he actually came to the pond for a drink. What a creature!

After he left, a Green Catbird arrived with a male Regent Bowerbird and then a female Regent Bowerbird came too. Now back to little birds in delightful, and active Rufous Fantail and a couple of Silvereye.
Man, love the Green Catbird!!
Had no clue a species like that existed. :)
Your thread is reminding me again that Australia absolutely has to be one of the top countries on my to visit list.
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Thanks Seth, I'm glad you've enjoyed my thread so far.

Yes, the Green Catbirds really are a stunning colour.
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Then we were about to set off for the Back Dam again, just about our favourite place on the reserve in that time of severe drought; Hans wanted to be there early to see if we might have been missing anything.

However, we stopped to watch a Whistling Kite.

At the dam we were surprised to see a few Maned Ducks on the water, so it seems Hans' idea might have had some mileage in it.

A few Major Mitchell's Cockatoos arrived, but didn't show me their erect crests this time either. Then four Crested Pigeons came in for a drink. Followed by..... drum roll..... 12 (yes twelve Apostlebirds, so it's true LOL! (I'd been counting all the groups every day, but this was the first time I'd seen 12 of them). Can you see what joined them for this picture - arrived out of nowhere, rather like the Angel Gabriel LOL
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Can you see what joined them for this picture - arrived out of nowhere, rather like the Angel Gabriel LOL
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater :)
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Yeah.... you cheated, didn't you

I never even saw it until I was preparing the pictures for upload LOL
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Yeah.... you cheated, didn't you

I never even saw it until I was preparing the pictures for upload LOL
Lol! II've bee checking the background of your pics in case there's anything else there, so I spotted it before I read your post!
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It's always good to have another set of eyes looking Larry.... some birds just seem to disappear into the background, don't they!
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Hans asked me to look out for the pink nuchal spot on Spotted Bowerbird.... and I finally got it!!! Quite pleased about that.

We then had the other two doves drop in; Diamond and Peaceful... both pretty wee things.

Cockatiels were back with a fly past. Then a Black-faced Cuckooshrike came down off his perch for a drink.

Patience.. it's coming
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Wow, Delia, just caught up with this. What a trip!!!!
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Hi Mark.... long time no speak!!

Yeah, thanks, it was a trip of a lifetime that. There's a long way to go yet too, with many more excitements.
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The last few images from the Back Dam.

Hans had suggested I didn't take so many pictures of the 'common' birds there, as I'd been doing LOL, so I only got one image of the White-plumed Honeyeater!

Now for what you've all been waiting for..... a family of BOURKE'S PARROT turned up!!!! What stars they are. So I seem to have got pictures of father, mother and son (hope I've got it right anyway).

Finally the three Ravens returned for a drink.
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There's no substitute for good light from the right direction . Well done with these Bourke's Parrots Delia
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Thanks Ken... really those parrots were gorgeous. So lovely to see them.
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Finally the Cockatiels settled and came in for a drink... think I got them all in the frame LOL The Spotted Bowerbird, though, finally left and I just managed to catch him in flight. Both Masked Woodswallows sat on branches on the tree on the opposite side of the dam, this is a picture of the female.

Following this we tried the Airport Road again, but only saw one Australian Pipit, which I didn't get a picture of. Then we linked onto the Eastern Loop Road. Hans was pretty sure there was Hall's Babbler (distant and in the shade); a place where they'd seen them before. No picture and I'm not counting it on my list as I couldn't see it too well.

Hooded Robin and Rufous Songlark were also seen on this stretch.
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You did well with the Bourke's Parrots - we only. saw them in the distance at dusk at Bowra so no photos,
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Thanks Peter.

They sure were a highlight that morning!
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My wife loves to remind me of the old proverb:

"Patience is a virtue, Possess it if you can, Seldom found in woman, never found in man."!

Chris (who can't wait either!)
The only response to that is the fight fire with fire:

“Patience is a virtue.
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Grace was a little girl
Who never washed her face!”

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