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Birding / Travel in Australia

Photography by Terry Sohl - May-June 2019

A trip of a lifetime!! Our little family took a trip to Australia from May 25th to June 14th, visiting a number of locations in the eastern part of the country. This page is dedicated to some of the better photos from the trip, with a focus on birds, but other animals and scenery at the bottom of the page.

Birds are listed roughly in taxonomic order. Click on an image chip or the species name to be taken to a page of higher-res photos. It's hard to pick a favorite photo from the trip, but it's probably the one I'm featuring incredibly colored Eastern Rosella, taken near Bellingen, Australia.

Eastern Rosella - Platycercus eximius

Southern Cassowary - Casuarius casuarius Black Swan - Cygnus atratus  Australian Wood Duck 2 - Chenonetta jubata 
Southern Cassowary Black Swan  Australian Wood Duck 
Pacific Black Duck 4 - Anas superciliosa  Grey Teal 1 - Anas gracilis  Pink-eared Duck 1 - Malacorhynchus membranaceus 
Pacific Black Duck  Grey Teal  Pink-eared Duck  
Hardhead 2 - Aythya australis  Australian Brush-turkey 5 - Alectura lathami  Orange-footed Scrubfowl 2 - Megapodius reinwardt 
Hardhead  Australian Brush-Turkey  Orange-footed Scrubfowl 
Australasian Grebe 1 - Tachybaptus novaehollandiae  Rock Dove - Columba livia  White-headed Pigeon 1 - Columba leucomela 
Australasian Grebe  Rock Dove White-headed Pigeon 
Spotted Dove 2 - Spilopelia chinensis  Pacific Emerald Dove 3 - Chalcophaps longirostris  Crested Pigeon 2 - Ocyphaps lophotes 
Spotted Dove Pacific Emerald Dove  Crested Pigeon 
Peaceful Dove 3 - Geopelia placida  Bar-shouldered Dove 3 - Geopelia humeralis   Papuan Frogmouth 2 - Podargus papuensis 
Peaceful Dove  Bar-shouldered Dove  Papuan Frogmouth 
Dusky Moorhen 3 - Gallinula tenebrosa  Eurasian Coot - Fulica atra  Australasian Swamphen 2 - Porphyrio melanotus 
Dusky Moorhen  Eurasian Coot  Australasian Swamphen 
Bush Stone-curlew 2 - Burhinus grallarius  Masked Lapwing 5 - Vanellus miles  Silver Gull 2 - Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae
Bush Stone-curlew  Masked Lapwing  Silver Gull 
Crested Tern 2 - Thalasseus bergii Australasian Gannet - Morus serrator Australasian Darter 2 - Anhinga novaehollandiae
Great Crested Tern  Australasian Gannet  Australasian Darter 
Great Cormorant 2 - Phalacrocorax carbo Pied Cormorant 6 - Phalacrocorax varius Little Black Cormorant 3 - Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
Great Cormorant Pied Cormorant Little Black Cormorant
White-faced Heron 2 - Egretta novaehollandiae  Cattle Egret - Bulbulcus ibis  Striated Heron 1 - Butorides striata
White-faced Heron  Cattle Egret Striated Heron
Australian White Ibis 3 - Threskiornis moluccus Straw-necked Ibis 4 - Threskiornis spinicollis Royal Spoonbill 9 - Platalea regia
Australian White Ibis Straw-necked Ibis Royal Spoonbill
Black Kite - Milvus migrans Brahminy Kite 1 - Haliastur indus Laughing Kookaburra 1 - Dacelo novaeguineae
Black-shouldered Kite  Brahminy Kite Laughing Kookaburra
Blue-winged Kookaburra 3  - Dacelo leachii Forest Kingfisher - Todiramphus macleayii Sacred Kingfisher - Todiramphus sanctus
Blue-winged Kookaburra  Forest Kingfisher  Sacred Kingfisher
Rainbow Bee-eater 7 - Merops ornatus Nankeen Kestrel 9 - Falco cenchroides  Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo 1 - Calyptorhynchus funereus 
Rainbow Bee-eater  Nankeen Kestrel Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo 
Galah 6 - Eolophus roseicapilla  Long-billed Corella 1 - Cacatua tenuirostris  Little Corella 20 - Cacatua sanguinea 
Galah Long-billed Corella Little Corella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo 2 - Cacatua galerita  Australian King Parrot 6 - Alisterus scapularis  Red-winged Parrot 2 - Aprosmictus erythropterus 
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Australian King-parrot Red-winged Parrot 
Crimson Rosella - Platycercus elegans  Eastern Rosella 1 - Platycercus eximius  Rainbow Lorikeet 4 - Trichoglossus moluccanus 
Crimson Rosella  Eastern Rosella Rainbow Lorikeet 
Spotted Catbird 9 - Ailuroedus melanotis Satin Bowerbird 3 - Ptilonorhynchus violaceus Superb Fairy-wren 1 -  Malurus cyaneus
Spotted Catbird  Satin Bowerbird  Superb Fairy-Wren
Eastern Spinebill 2 - Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris Lewin's Honeyeater 4 - Meliphaga lewinii Noisy Miner - Manorina melanocephala 
Eastern Spinebill  Lewin's Honeyeater Noisy Miner
Red Wattlebird 4 - Anthochaera carunculata Dusky Honeyeater (Myzomela) 2 - Myzomela obscura  New Holland Honeyeater 6 - Phylidonyris novaehollandiae 
Red Wattlebird  Dusky Myzomela  New Holland Honeyeater 
White-cheeked Honeyeater 1 - Phylidonyris niger  Macleay's Honeyeater 3 - Xanthotis macleayanus  Striated Pardalote 1 - Pardalotus striatus 
White-cheeked Honeyeater  Macleay's Honeyeater Striated Pardalote
White-browed Scrubwren - Sericornis frontalis White-breasted Woodswallow 2 - Artamus leucorynchus Pied Butcherbird 3 - Cracticus nigrogularis
White-browed Scrubwren  White-breasted Woodswallow  Pied Butcherbird 
Australian Magpie 8  - Cracticus tibicen Pied Currawong 1 - Strepera graculina Grey Shrike-thrush 1 - Colluricincla harmonica
Australian Magpie  Pied Currawong  Gray Shrike-thrush
Australasian Figbird 1 - Sphecotheres vieilloti Spangled Drongo - Dicrurus bracteatus Willie Wagtail 1 - Rhipidura leucophrys 
Australasian Figbird  Spangled Drongo  Willie Wagtail
Magpie Lark 4 - Grallina cyanoleuca Australian Raven 1 - Corvus coronoides Victoria's Riflebird 2 - Ptiloris victoriae
Magpie Lark Australian Raven Victoria's Riflebird 
Eastern Yellow Robin 4 - Eopsaltria australis Gray-headed Robin - Heteromyias cinereifrons Welcome Swallow - Hirundo neoxena
Eastern Yellow Robin  Gray-headed Robin  Welcome Swallow 
Mistletoebird - Dicaeum hirundinaceum Olive-backed Sunbird 1 - Cinnyris jugularis Australasian Pipit 3 - Anthus novaeseelandiae
Mistletoebird  Olive-backed Sunbird  Australasian Pipit 
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin 1 - Lonchura castaneothorax    
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin     

Other Critters

Honestly we didn't see all that many animals other than birds. There were glimpses of wallaby and the like when driving, slipping into the brush, but we really didn't see a lot overall. Here's a few:

Koala 2 - Phascolarctos cinereus  Coppery Brushtail Possum 3 - Trichosurus johnstonii  Eastern Grey Kangaroo 4 - Macropus giganteus 


Coppery Brushtail Possum 

Eastern Grey Kangaroo 

Red-legged Pademelon 5 - Thylogale stigmatica Dingo 2 - Canis lupus dingo Grey-headed Flying Fox 2 - Pteropus poliocephalus
Red-legged Pademelon


Grey-headed Flying Fox
Saltwater Crocodile 5 - Crocodylus porosus    
Saltwater Crocodile    


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