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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.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Sacred Kingfisher family photos

I took the dog for a walk out to Honeymoon Gap late yesterday afternoon. There are only a few small pools of water left on the north side of the Gap around the base of a few of the larger trees. The "peep, peep, peep" of the Sacred Kingfishers were coming from everywhere. There was at least one family, two adults and a juvenile.
The juvenile seemed to be saying "where's my dinner"

and the adults seemed to be saying"I've got it, come and find me"

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Recent Bird Photos from around Alice Springs

Australian Ringneck

Black-shouldered Kite


Hooded Robin

Long-billed Corella

Plumed Whistling Ducks

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

Splendid Fairy-wren

Whistling Kite

White-winged Triller

Yellow-billed Spoonbills

Zebra Finch

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

A few recent bird photos

Blue Bonnets in South Australia

Curlew Sandpiper in Victoria

Golden Whistler in Victoria

Golden-headed Cisticola in Victoria

Grey Currawong in South Australia

Hoary-headed Grebe in South Australia

Sooty Oystercatcher in South Australia

Striated Fieldwren in Victoria

Saturday, 6 December 2014

An Owl during the day - photos and story

Recently I was in a river bed, checking out the birds in the trees. A chain of events took place which even though not entirely surprising, the result was a lovely surprise.

The dog was chasing a military dragon around the creek bed and the tree roots. The dragon was never in any danger of being caught so I let the dog go unhindered. Finally the dragon skipped across the sand and around the back of a tree across the river a bit from where I was standing. The dog chased, and the dragon shot up the tree judging by the dog's response. The next second, a Barn Owl popped its head out from a tree hollow just above where I was standing. I'm not sure who got the biggest shock. It looked straight down at me, almost indignantly saying "how dare you awake me on this hot afternoon". Before I could react, the owl flew off to a nearby tree. Camera in hand I followed, mainly by the sound of the Yellow-throated Miners that were harassing this intruder into their space. I still had trouble seeing the owl, they really melt into the river gums' trunk and branches when they don't want to be seen.

Finally the Miners were too much and the owl flew around in a wide arc, settling near its original tree. I managed a couple of shots in flight, but still couldn't be sure it was a Barn Owl. I eventually found the owl looking down at me from a high branch and snapped off a couple of shots. By this stage, the dog was panting and I was sweating in the afternoon heat. I decided upon seeing the strange pink discolouration of the owl around its nose/mouth/cheeks that it was probably overheated from fright or the unexpected foray away from the cool of the hollow. The dog and I left it to return home to its own version of air-conditioning.

Barn Owl

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Backyard visitors

Sitting outside in the mornings, the "thunk" on the verandah tin roof is constant. The Australian Ringnecks sit in the tree above and pick off the seed podded branches, dropping them on a regular basis. Sometimes, they sit on branches beyond the roof line and they fall to the ground. A little while later, some of the birds flutter down and continue their feeding.

Australian Ringneck

They are joined by a variety of other birds coming to the ground to feed, among them are the Western Bowerbird, interestingly, eating the same seeds, and the Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, which tends to go for the pods, but not the seeds themselves as far as I can tell.

Western Bowerbird

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

enjoying the bird bath water

Monday, 17 November 2014

Western Bowerbird

It is always a pleasure to work out what is in the local neighbourhood based on what the Western Bowerbird mimics. Whistling Kites, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters and a lawn mower were among the repertoire of this particular bird. Here are a few shots that show the bird as well as that beautiful pink splotch on the back of its head.

Western Bowerbird