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

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Egrets, Night Herons and a Coucal - photos of Top End Birds

Intermediate Egret

The above photo is an Intermediate Egret with its breeding plumage, fluffing itself at Yellow Waters, Kakadu. The next four photos are all of the Egrets, the Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret and Cattle Egret.

Great Egret

Intermediate Egret

Little Egret

Cattle Egret

The last of the Egrets is the Eastern Reef Egret. White then Grey Morph.



The following 2 photos are an adult and then a juvenile Nankeen Night Heron:

Nankeen Night Heron Adult

Juvenile Nankeen Night Heron

and finally a couple of Pheasant Coucals


Saturday, 4 July 2015

Pacific Baza and Osprey from the Top End

I had a couple of enjoyable experiences with the Pacific Baza at Nitmuluk, Katherine, which flew across the road and sat on a branch just above the road, and the Osprey at Gunlom Billabong. Here are the photos.

Pacific Baza






Osprey








Honeyeaters of the Top End

Even though I didn't manage to see all of the available birds, I did manage to get some photos of the ones I did see.

After being confused about the White-gaped and the Dusky Honeyeater, this year I was lucky enough to see both at the same time, at very close range, and the size difference was very obvious. The coppery-brown colour of the Dusky can be stunning, and a lot quieter than the sometimes noisy White-gaped Honeyeater.

Dusky Honeyeater


Juvenile Dusky Honeyeater

White-gaped Honeyeater

Then there were the Rufous-throated Honeyeater and Rufous-banded  Honeyeater. 

Rufous-throated Honeyeater


Rufous-banded Honeyeater

and the Blue-faced Honeyeater



Juvenile Blue-faced Honeyeater

and the White-throated Honeyeater


Friday, 3 July 2015

Gouldian and other Finches - Top End, Northern Territory

Two very successful visits to the Edith Falls Road site. The first time was great to see the Gouldian Finches with some of the other finches around, but the second was spectacular with about 70 Gouldian Finches flying around.

Gouldian Finch











Crimson Finch



Long-tailed Finch



Masked Finch