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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Birds of the Cullendore High Country NSW

A few photos from our trip to Cullendore High Country at the top of New South Wales, just over the Queensland border. This property is a wildlife haven and we went in hope of seeing a Spotted-tail Quoll in the wild, a platypus or a wombat!!  These particular species eluded us as per usual, but the birding didn't disappoint despite the terrible drought and bush fires close by.  More photos to come along with macropod and insect list. (Post to be updated asap)

J & B.

Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) Cullendore High Country, NSW



  1. Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)
  2. Grey Teal (Anas gracilis)
  3. Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae)
  4. Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae)
  5. White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)
  6. White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)
  7. Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis)
  8. Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)
  9. Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)
  10. Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)
  11. Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles)
  12. Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera)
  13. Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes)
  14. Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)
  15. Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis)
  16. Southern Boobook (Ninox novaeseelandiae)
  17. Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azureus)
  18. Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)
  19. Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)
  20. Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
  21. Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)
  22. Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla)
  23. Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea)
  24. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
  25. Australian King-Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)
  26. Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)
  27. Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius)
  28. Little Lorikeet (Glossopsitta pusilla)
  29. Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)
  30. Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)
  31. White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea)
  32. Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus)
  33. Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris)
  34. Lewin's Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii)
  35. Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Caligavis chrysops)
  36. Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)
  37. Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata)
  38. Scarlet Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta)
  39. Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)
  40. White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris niger)
  41. White-eared Honeyeater (Nesoptilotis leucotis)
  42. Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis)
  43. White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus)
  44. Noisy Friarbird (Philemon corniculatus)
  45. Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus)
  46. White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis)
  47. Speckled Warbler (Pyrrholaemus sagittatus)
  48. Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla)
  49. Yellow Thornbill (Acanthiza nana)
  50. Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris)
  51. White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone olivacea)
  52. Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus)
  53. Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus)
  54. Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis)
  55. Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)
  56. Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina)
  57. Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)
  58. White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)
  59. Varied Sittella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera)
  60. Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica)
  61. Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris)
  62. Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)
  63. Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa)
  64. Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)
  65. Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula)
  66. Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)
  67. Torresian Crow (Corvus orru)
  68. Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans)
  69. Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)
  70. Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)
  71. Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel)
  72. Australian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus australis)
  73. Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)
  74. Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis)

Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius) Cullendore, NSW

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) Cullendore, NSW
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus) Cullendore NSW

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sedgefrogs of Cullendore NSW

A few of the frogs seen at Cullendore High Country during our stay this September.  It was extremely dry and these photos were all taken near the campsite, well away from the main water source. Eastern Sedgefrogs are a delight and we love seeing the variation of their colours.

It was also refreshing not to see any cane toads!

Frog List from our camp site:
  1. Common Eastern Froglet Crinia signifera 
  2. Stony Creek Frog (aka Lesueur's Frog) Litoria lesueuri 
  3. Broad-palmed Rocket Frog Litoria latopalmata
  4. Eastern Sedgefrog (aka Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog) Litoria fallax
  5. Striped Marshfrog (aka Brown-striped Frog) Limnodynastes peroni
  6. Emerald-Spotted Treefrog (aka Peron's Tree Frog) Litoria peronii
  7. Bleating Treefrog Litoria dentana

There would have been  many other frogs at "the Overflow" dam, however we didn't venture down there at night to have a look and didn't pack the long gum-boots to access that area to look for frogs. We look forward to returning to this area rich in biodiversity after there has been a large amount of rain. 

J & B

Extensive Bird & Wildlife List to come from our stay at Cullendore, NSW.

Eastern Sedgefrog (aka Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog) Litoria fallax at Cullendore High Country, 26th September 2017

Emerald-Spotted Treefrog (aka Peron's Tree Frog) Litoria peronii Cullendore, NSW, 26/09/17

Eastern Sedgefrog (aka Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog) Litoria fallax at Cullendore High Country, 26th September 2017

Male Stony Creek Frog (aka Lesueur's Frog) Litoria lesueuri Cullendore High Country, 26th September 2017

"Brown form" of the Eastern Sedgefrog (aka Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog) Litoria fallax at Cullendore High Country, 26th September 2017

Multi Coloured Brown & Green form of the Eastern Sedgefrog (aka Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog) Litoria fallax at Cullendore High Country, 26th September 2017


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Water Dragons of Queen Mary Falls, Killarney

28th September 2017

Queen Mary Falls, located just outside of Killarney just off the Qld and New South Wales Border, doesn't ever disappoint.  It has been over seven and a half years since our last visit to this beautiful spot in the Main Range National Park, and today, despite the terrible drought, the falls were running and as spectacular as always.

Sixteen Eastern Water Dragon's Physignathus lesueurii,  were counted by the boys at the base of the waterfall.  The dark shadows made it a little tricky to photograph them - but they were the best posers and not worried by humans pointing a camera at them at all.


Gorgeous Eastern Water Dragon Physignathus lesueurii at QueenMary Falls, Main Range National Park, 28/09/17

Queen Mary Falls, Killarney, September 2017

Eastern Water Dragon, Physignathus lesueurii at Queen Mary Falls.

Miss K at the base of Queen Mary Falls, 28th Sept 2017