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Thursday, 25 January 2018

Black-shouldered Kites in the Mallee

The Black-shouldered Kites have had a good breeding season by the looks of the fully-fledged and independently hunting juveniles as well as the mature adults around Ouyen.
Further afield they continued to appear, and providing a few photo opportunities.

Black-shouldered Kites

Some "different" Major Mitchell or Pink Cockatoos

The Major Mitchell or Pink Cockatoos at Ouyen are slightly different to the ones I see around Alice Springs. The ones from further south have the yellow in their crest, whereas the majority of those I see in the Northern Territory don't.

It is pretty special to have these birds just across the road in Ouyen. I think I counted 10 of them at one point. It was good to hear their calls every morning and evening. So the photo opportunities are easier than they usually are in the NT.

Major Mitchell Cockatoos

Monday, 6 November 2017

Big flock of Flock Bronzewings

Sometimes on a whim I head off the beaten track a bit. The Barkly Stock Route isn't really off the beaten track, but it isn't my usual roads. I thought I'd check out "two big lakes" I had been told about 5 years ago. Turns out, I didn't find them. But I did find a couple of dams, the first one had over 500 Little Corellas. probably wouldn't have noticed them except a couple of Wedge-tailed Eagles were flying overhead and put the wind up them, literally, and there was a huge "swarm" of Little Corellas flying over the dam.

The second dam looked relatively quiet compared to the first. Had a few cattle nearby, but not much happening, some Cockatiels flying around the dam, as well as a lot of "rocks". That moved. Not rocks. Bloody Crested Pigeons. No. That was one Crested Pigeon. The rest are .... FLOCK BRONZEWINGS! (inner monologue folks).

So, here are some photos of at least 2000 Flock Bronzewings. I think there were probably at least double that number, but I am trying to be conservative in my counts these days.

Flock Bronzewings

"OK Pretty Boy, Let's Dance" said the frog to the Kookaburra

Recently I had camped for the night and there were some pine log barriers nearby. After I had finished putting up the table chairs etc., I became aware of a whacking noise, and looked over to see a Blue-winged Kookaburra hitting something against the pine log. Turned out to be an unfortunate frog. But, such is the way of the natural world, prey and hunters. So, I took photos (there's a surprise) and the first one I am putting up reminded me a bit of a gangster, or a Monty Python sketch.

Blue-winged Kookaburra