The Tocumwal golf course is always worth a stroll for its bird-life and even a short stroll brought up Grey-crowned Babblers, Red-rumped Parrots and Noisy Friarbirds - not to mention the hundreds of Galahs and possibly thousands of Corellas.
|This Noisy Friarbird (Philomon corniculatis) has very prominent plumes, something I've never really noticed before.|
|Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis) chasing a last-minute snack before settling down for the night with two others (see below).|
The next day, we drove along the NSW side of the Murray - great raptor country with a haul of nine raptors that day - Black Kite, Australian Hobby, Nankeen Kestrel, Black-shouldered Kite, Wedgetail Eagle, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Swamp Harrier, Whistling Kite and Brown Falcon.
|This Australian Hobby (Falco Longinpennis) stayed put long enough to get a shot or two.|
Along the way, we came a cross a pretty ancient drover with a few hundred head of cattle riding the "long paddock". He said he'd been on the road for 5 years! At $1 per cow per week, it was cheaper than feeding hay in poor times.
A trip through the Boomanoomana State Forest turned up a few Brown Treecreepers alternately foraging on the forest floor with short trips up a tree trunk just to prove they were Treecreepers.
|Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus) shows off its interesting streaking.|
|Yellow Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus) enjoying a later afternoon snack alongside the Corowa Water Treatment plant.|
|Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops) comes down for a look at us in poor lighting conditions|