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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The "Stare-downs" - Bird Photos head on

Sometimes I wonder who is watching who between me and the birds. There have been very few times when I wonder if some of those talons may, just possibly, dig into my flesh at some times. I normally get a tingle down the spine from being able to take a really good close up photo. There have been a couple of times, not many, when I get a different sort of tingle - that slight feeling of nervousness. Here are a couple of recent photos head on, none of which really gave me that worrying feeling, although the Black-breasted Buzzard certainly checked me out nice and close after the photo below.

Peregrine Falcon

Black-breasted Buzzard

Zebra Finch

Crested Bellbird

Princess Parrots on Kintore Road

This morning I finally managed to see some Princess Parrots in the wild. After travelling through their known range quite a lot over the past few years, I was absolutely stoked to finally hear them, and see them. The group, of about 19, was heading west, probably towards the clouds/rain/food that have been around the area for a few days. The photographs aren't great as they had basically gone past me and were a fair distance from me, but I managed some distant group shots.

Princess Parrot

Monday, 25 May 2015

Black Falcon, Bourke's Parrot and Crested Bellbird photos

Finally snagged a decent shot of the Black Falcon at Papunya.

Black Falcon

It is little wonder it was there, there are a gazillion Zebra Finches, a number of Cockatiels and Budgies, White-backed Swallows as well as about 20 Grey Teals and few other water birds.

Also saw the Bourke's Parrots again.

Bourke's Parrot

and had a lovely close-up encounter with a Crested Bellbird:

Crested Bellbird

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Crimson Chats become a "town bird" at Alice Springs

Recently there has been an influx of birds towards Alice Springs, possibly due to the drying surrounds, or maybe they are looking for warmth as the overnight temperatures drop. One of the more unusual visitors has been the Crimson Chats. Normally these birds aren't too far away from town, but generally they do keep to the outskirts. Alice Springs residents have been reporting them all over the place, about the only area so far without a report is the Todd Mall, right in the middle of Alice Springs. They are very pretty birds, the males being much more dominated by the "crimson"that presumably gives them part of their name, but the females can look quite stunning as well. Here are a couple from one of my favourite birding spots around Alice Springs, the Poo Ponds:

Crimson Chat

Australian Spotted Crake

Black-tailed Native-hen

Little Grassbird

White-winged Fairy-wren

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Barn Owl in the backyard during the day - video and photos

Sometimes it is not hard to realise there is a new bird around place. The miners, honeyeaters, magpie-larks and bower birds were being very noisy, noticeably around the same tree. Eventually I spotted the visitor, although it wasn't in a great viewing spot to start with. At first I was sure it would fly away quickly, so I just watched it for a little while. It was a Pacific or Eastern Barn Owl.

As I watched I noticed it was doing this strange male 80s dance moves I remember from a long time ago. Not much feet or shoulder movement, just a bit of a wobble in the torso. Here is a YouTube clip demonstrating these dance moves, with a Bowerbird playing second fiddle for once.

I managed to get a few photos as well:

Pacific Barn Owl

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Early morning at the Mt Liebig airstrip - bird photos

Got up early and headed out to the airstrip. After a slow start probably due to the cold, managed to find a few feathered friends to photograph:

Chiming Wedgebill

Crested Bellbird

Diamond Dove

Mulga parrot

Zebra Finch

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Photos of Little Birds around Alice Springs

Sometimes the little birds are the easiest to hear, but the hardest to find. Here is a selection of recent shots not far from Alice Springs:

Inland Thornbill

Rufous Whistler

Southern Whiteface


Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Red-capped Robin

White-winged Fairy-wren

Crimson Chat

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