Notes to readers of this Blog


NOTES TO READERS OF THIS BLOG

Thank you for dropping by to check out my blog. You will see a lot of other Blogs about birds I follow down the left hand side. I strongly encourage you to check some of these out as well, they are entertaining and I love to see birds from all over the world, I hope you do too.
Cheers,
Richard

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







Monday, 16 October 2017

Some recent photos

Apologies for the lack of recent posts. Sometimes life gets in the way. A few lovely events in my personal life, and a few changes in my working life have reduced the bird-watching and photography recently.

But I have managed to get out into the central australian landscapes a few times and run into a few birds along the way. Here is a small sample:

Painted Finches at Ellery Creek, west of Alice Springs



Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Namatjira Drive, west of Alice Springs


Rainbow Bee-eater near home in Alice Springs



And a Peregrine Falcon

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Red-tailed Black Cockatoos at Lajamanu

The Red-tailed Black Cockatoos have been a constant sight during my trips to Lajamanu over the years, and my most recent trip was no exception.

I enjoy the excitement of hearing their calls  somewhere in the distance and then love finding them and seeing their tails spread as they land in the tops of trees, showing the red of the males or the more yellowy-orange of the females.

Here are a small sample of photos from early August this year:

Red-tailed Black Cockatoos












Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Wedge-tailed Eagles along the Tanami Road

I had been wondering where the Wedge-tailed Eagles were hanging out, as I hadn't seen one for quite a while heading out via Glen Helen towards Papunya. So, one week recently I decided to head up the Tanami Road, not to llok for Wedgies specifically, more for a change of scenery.

The first pair I came across were quite close to the road, one on a roadkill about 5 metres from the road and the other off the road a bit more, probably 15 metres from the road. I then noticed a third one soaring above. Generally it is the crows that make me aware of the possibility a Wedgie could be around as they are the birds that spread from the roadside first. On this occasion, there weren't any crows around, but the one by the roadside was moving on the carcass. I slowed, then stopped. The sun was still rising behind me. The golden hour. Time to try to get out of the car without disturbing the birds. Door open. Foot outside the car. Open the door wider. Camera in hand. Stand up to exit the car completely. Still the birds hadn't moved. Closed the door gently. Still there. Looking wary. Camera starts to come up ..... and there goes the close one. I looked across towards the second one on the ground, still there. I moved around behind the car and managed to get a few photos.

Wedge-tailed Eagle


I then continued driving, and saw another lone Wedgies sitting in a tree, again, the sun was still rising behind me. More photos.





I did see 5 more birds that morning, 9 in total, another couple and another threesome. All of the birds were within 15 kilometres, between the first sighting and the last. I thought this was interesting as generally I would see them further apart, but probably this was where the food was, so this is where they were. I didn't see any more roadkill after the initial threesome location, but it was lovely to see these majestic birds once more in the wild.


Monday, 17 April 2017

A few recent favourite birding photos

Apologies to regular readers of this blog for not posting much recently. Sometimes life gets in the way. The photos below come from as far afield as southern NSW, along the coast northwards to Rockhampton and across to Alice Springs. I'll mention where each was taken.

Eastern Osprey, Urangan, Qld

Brahminy Kite, Burrum Heads, Qld

Brown Booby, Urangan, Qld

Intermediate Egret, Rockhampton, Qld

Forest Kingfisher, Glenlee, Qld

Green Pygmy Goose, Camoweal, Qld

Pied Butcherbird, Burrum Heads, Qld

Little Eagle, near Rockhampton, Qld

 Mangrove Honeyeater, near Yeppoon, Qld

Rainbow Lorijeet, Burrum Heads, Qld

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Burrum Heads, Qld

Spangled Drongo, Glenlee, Qld

White-breasted Woodswallows, Mt Isa, Qld