Tag Archives: wildlife

Focus on Birds: Australian Pelican

1 Nov
Australian Pelican in Flight

Australian Pelican in Flight

It isn’t every day that one sees a Pelican.

Now and then they visit our local swimming baths. Popular spots for them are around the wharves, where they sometimes perch on poles.

Pelicans are very large relatives of cormorants.

Here is a photograph of one in flight, over the river.

Enjoy!

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Focus on Birds: Sulphur Crested Cockatoos

20 Oct
Cockatoos

Cockatoos

This week, in Australia, birds are in the news. People are urged to watch them, count their numbers, and generally acknowledge their importance in the scheme of things.

With that in mind, I thought I’d like to focus on that most engaging, comical species: Sulphur-crested Cockatoos. These are a common sight where I live, especially in the park, but also in the streets where they search out suitable trees for food. You may remember that I featured a photograph of a pair tucking into lemons on a neighbour’s tree. 🙂

This picture, though, was taken in their natural environment: bushland, by the river.

Enjoy!

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G’Day: A Lorikeet Looks …

6 Oct
G'day: A Rainbow Lorikeet

G’day: A Rainbow Lorikeet

G’day!

This Rainbow Lorikeet seems to be looking straight at us.

In the local park, these strikingly-coloured birds have become quite people-friendly, often eating tasty morsels tossed by picnickers.

So lovely to see these and other birds in the wild.

Enjoy!

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Who’s Looking?

17 Sep

Who’s looking?

This wise Kookaburra seems to be summing me up. Maybe he’s wondering what on earth is this thing that I’m pointing at him.

That said, Kookaburras still rank high amongst the most camera-friendly birds.

Kookaburra

Kookaburra

Sometimes, they actually seem to be posing.

Enjoy!

On Top of The World…

11 Sep

Few parrots are as happy-looking as Sulphur-crested Cockatoos. Invariably they make me smile. While it’s common to see them in flocks, sometimes I see one, all alone.

This guy seems quite content to be a solos bird, on top of the world.

Cockatoo

Cockatoo

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That Looks Tasty!

4 Sep

Kookaburras are renowned for grabbing left-overs.

At least this guy has made a healthy (and colourful) choice!

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Kookaburra's Choice!

Kookaburra’s Choice!

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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