Tag Archives: wildlife

Lookout, World — Here We Come!

24 Jul
Here We Come

Here We Come

Lookout world, here we come!

This family of ducks is heading our way…

A rare sight in the river, and to my eyes a most welcome one.

I wonder how many of the brood make it to adulthood?

I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

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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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At Home: A Kookaburra Watches

28 May

Few birds make their presence felt more than Australia’s Kookaburras. Often they can be heard loud and clear, well before they are spotted.

They have adapted well to the humans who love to picnic in the Park. Sometimes, they even land on the picnic table and help themselves to a piece of tasty sausage.

Kookaburra

Kookaburra

On other occasions they gather in small groups, waiting expectantly for a handout.

But this particular Kookaburra seems to have other things on his mind.

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What’s for Lunch? A Galah Finds Out…

21 Apr

What’s for lunch?

I’m guessing an assortment of grass seeds…

This menu may seem dull to us, but I suppose it’s a smorgasbord if you’re a Galah.

There’s nothing nicer than seeing our beautiful Australian parrots living free. Recently I spotted a small flock near our home.

These pretty birds are fairly large and are sometimes kept as pets. They are wonderful talkers. But for my money they’re best in the wild, free and untamed.

A wild Galah

A wild Galah

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Enjoy!

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I Wonder Where the Missus Is: A Cockie Ponders

12 Apr
I Wonder Where the Wife is...

I Wonder Where the Missus is…

I wonder where the Missus is…

Has she flown the coop?

Perched near his beautifully- hollowed nest, the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo seems to me to be thinking about his life, and his wife. 🙂

I guess he’s discovered the perils of leaving his home unattended. Potential squatters, a.k.a.  Rainbow Lorikeets,  are around in serious numbers.

Nevertheless, I’m pretty confident that his future is looking bright.

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What a Wonderful Life…

1 Apr
Rainbow Lorikeet in a Gum Tree

Rainbow Lorikeet in a Gum Tree

What a wonderful life!

This delightful Rainbow Lorikeet looks so alive and interested in its surroundings. And why wouldn’t it be? With friends galore, he (or she) need never be lonely. With abundant food of the freshest and most natural kind on hand, there’s a potential smorgasbord of healthy delights.

Although I see these birds quite often, their beauty and antics will, I’m sure, continue  to enchant me.

Australia truly is the Land of Parrots!

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What Next? A Magpie Contemplates…

31 Mar
Magpie in Contemplation

Magpie in Contemplation

What next?

Is this Australian Magpie absorbed in contemplation?

What better place for thought than high in a gum-tree…

Maggie has chosen well, for just below is an area popular with picnickers. Many of these people seem more than happy to toss a tasty bite or two to the birds: Magpies included.

Enjoy!

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Clowns of the Bush: Sulphur-crested Cockatoos

22 Mar
Searching for lunch...

Searching for lunch…

Few birds make their presence felt as much as these clowns of the bush!

Often, the first sounds I hear as a alight from our car is their raucous cries.  So often, this is followed by the sight of a large flock flying by: landing wherever their fancy takes them.

Here are some scenes from our local bushland park.

Enjoy!

Cockatoos on the grass

Cockatoos on the grass

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What is it? A Striated Heron!

15 Mar
A Striated Heron on the Shore

A Striated Heron on the Shore

Just a few days ago, an uncommon visitor graced our river baths.

We were puzzled at first. In the distance it looked a little like a Kiwi. But of course it wasn’t.

It was in fact a Striated Heron.

It turned up again the next day, but I haven’t seen it since. And I’m not surprised, since as a regular visitor to the are I have seen it very rarely.

It’s a wary bird that crouches as it stalks its meal of crabs. And believe me there are plenty of very small ones on the mudflats and sand-coated areas within the baths.

Another subject for a post??

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A Day in the Life of A Little Pied Cormorant

13 Mar
Little Pied Cormorant on the Pontoon

Little Pied Cormorant on the Pontoon

Time to Dry Off

Time to Dry Off

In the local swimming baths near where we live, water birds are a common and delightful sight. One of the most frequently-seen birds is the Little Pied Cormorant.

Their method of feeding — diving for aquatic animals– necessitates their habit of spreading out their wings to dry.

These small shags sometimes flock with their slightly larger relatives, the Little Black Cormorants.

Interesting characters!

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