First day of the trip we were more focused on covering some kms, getting out to where the 'outback' begins than in birding and sightseeing. For the early part of trip we followed the Golden Highway, a fairly recent State Highway that follows a rather pretty route up the Hunter Valley. Black-faced Suffolk Sheep and fields of yellow canola added to the bucolic charm. We stopped beside the river at Nyngan just on dusk and wandered with cameras. Ringneck parrots were settling down in a hollow branch of a eucalypt, and babblers were babbling on the grass and in the low branches of the trees. An emu on the other side of the fence was silhouetted by the setting sun. It was too dark for great images so we went off to have the roast of the day at the RSL club and drove out of town to find a spot to freecamp.
Grey-crowned babbler (pictured above)
Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Little Pied Cormorant