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The Plover and the Seagull

27 Sep

They say birds of a feather flock together…

How true this seems. Here we have a Plover and a Seagull, backing away from each other on the shores of Sydney’s Georges River.

Sorry, but to see this photo you’ll have to go to another of my blogs.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Summer is Still Here…

27 Feb
Bathing Kookaburra

Bathing Kookaburra

Autumn may be knocking on Sydney’s door, but weather-wise, Summer is still in full swing.

Right now the sun is shining brightly, the humidity is high, and the air is warm.

What better time then for this wise Kookaburra to indulge in a refreshing bath?

He seems to be making the most of it!

Enjoy!

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A Rare Sight: Pelicans and Cormorants

30 Dec
Pelicans and Cormorants

Pelicans and Cormorants

It’s been a while since I took this photograph, but it’s still quite special. It’s a record of the one and only time I’ve ever seen a flock of Little Black Cormorants and a group of their huge cousins, the Australian Pelicans, together on the river.

Enjoy!

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Little Pied Cormorant at Rest

28 Dec
Little Pied Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorants regularly visit the local swimming baths in the river. But this little fellow has chosen a quite unusual place to rest. 🙂

Enjoy!

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Focus on Birds: Grey Butcherbird

8 Dec

Although officially these birds are classified as common, I don’t see them very often. Now and then, though, I spot one in the local park or occasionally in our own backyard.

Grey Butcherbirds somewhat resemble our Laughing Kookaburras, but the Butcherbirds are significantly smaller.

In this photo, the Butcherbird is surrounded by much greenery. It’s perched in a large Pittosporum , heavy with orange fruit.

Enjoy!

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Grey Butcherbird

Grey Butcherbird

Focus on Birds: Laughing Kookaburra, Bathing

26 Oct
Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburras are common yet wonderful sight in our local park. Their unique calls and distinctive appearance seal their popularity.

Here is a photograph of one, cooling gown in the heat.

I hope you like this picture of an iconic Australian bird.

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What a Diver!

16 Aug

These birds were made for diving…

Little Black Cormorants are quite amazing waterbirds. Their speed and agility is breathtaking. They fly well, but their awe-inspiring skill is in diving. We often watch them duck under, seemingly without effort, and then emerge sometime later, many metres away. These are not solo birds — I see them always in flocks, sometimes of many dozens, other times just three or four.

 

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant

Fascinating…

 

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Feathered Friends

2 Aug

I love to capture photos of birds of different species together.

This was taken at the river where I swim in the warmer weather. It’s pretty uncommon to see a White-faced Heron mingling among ducks. 🙂

Enjoy!

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White-faced Heron and Duck

White-faced Heron and Ducks

I See You…

18 Jul
I see you...

I see you…

I see you…

This Kookaburra certainly seems to have me and my camera firmly in his sights. Is he posing? Certainly he’s making it easy for me to capture his image.

The more I photograph birds, the more I see their differing characteristics. Some, such as Kookaburras, Herons and Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, actually seem to co-operate with the photographer. Others — Willy Wagtails, Noisy Miners and Wrens for example — often  fly off at the slightest movement.

Nature is fascinating…

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Playing Hard to Get…

14 Jul
Playing Hard to Get

Playing Hard to Get

Quite often I see the White-faced Herons.

They fly in to the shallows of the local swimming baths ( which are formed by a shark-net in the river).

I have never actually  seen a  flock of Herons. In fact, I’ve only ever come across these elegant birds as singles or in pairs.

In this photo, I rather fancy that one of them is playing hard to get.

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