Monday, May 13, 2013


Blackhall has a "Bird Watching Trail" between anabranches of the Barcoo River, marked by this rather splendid The Eagle and Nest sculpture by Richard Moffat. The sculpture is made of  railway dog spikes and timber and bolts from the old bridge. The trail is also a fitness track with some rather state-of-the-art fitness equipment along the way, but luckily it was as well used as most of these things are so there was no disruption to the bird watching.

Pale Headed Rosella
The Pale Headed Rosella was my nemesis bird of the trip. There were several on the trail, and good numbers in several other places on the trip, but nowhere did I manage a decent photo of one. Trail bird list:

  • Wedge-tailed Eagle    
  • Whistling Kite               
  • Crested Pigeon           
  • Budgerigar                   
  • Pied Butcherbird         
  • Australasian Magpie  
  • Apostlebird
  • Yellow Rumped Thornbill 
  • Pale Headed Rosella

White-breasted Woodswallow
In the caravan park Woodswallows used the sprinklers to hawk for insects, and a Spotted Bowerbird picked berries in a shrub on the other side of the fence.

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