Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 325 - Tawny Frogmouth

During a recent conversation with some friends, they mentioned that they had 'some owls' in the trees near there house.  To say that this peaked my interest would be a bit of an understatement!  A viewing was some organised.

The owls were in fact Tawny Frogmouths (Podargus strigoides).  These birds are classified with the Nightjars, rather than the owls - but so much for taxonomy!  Frogmouths are nocturnal, and as you can see their life during the day is pretty low key.

There were two birds outside our friends house - one sat in the open, and one partially hidden in some leaves.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Street Art - Part 1

I spend a couple of days in central Melbourne recently - the photographic opportunities were rather different to my more frequently visited locations.

These concrete blocks have become a standard part of many streets scenes following the use of cars as weapons by people who seem to have no understanding of how the world really works.   Clearly, the art on these blocks was done by a person or group who has (dare I say it) a more concrete grasp of reality.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 324 - Welcome Swallow

The Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) is a common bird near where I live.  It is most abundant in the summer - but there are always a few about.  Unlike the Barn Swallows I grew up seeing these birds are not just present for me in summer.  Many to the summer birds do move north in the cooler months, but its not the all or nothing kind of migration seen in Barn Swallows.

This sequence of pictures shows an adult returning to (what I take as) a young bird - the pictures were taken late last month, so I was surprised to see such well developed young birds.  Which just goes to show how much I know!

The adult returned, possibly empty-beaked, and the young bird was clearly not pleased! It tried to follow the passing adult, but ended up falling onto its back.  It was all rather comical.

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PS: this is the start of a very busy month: visiting birders, work travel and then a break - so please be patient with me!  SM

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Sealers Cove

A couple of weekends ago I walked out to Sealers Cove at Wilsons Promontory National Park - its a walk I have often done, but this time I was testing out a new backpack and sleeping bag.  Both worked well.

As you can see, its not a bad place to spend a few hours - although at twilight the possums were a bit of a problem to everybody.  Clearly they (thats the possums!) are used to getting food from campers - and one of them made off with my breakfast fruit bread!  I was less the impressed.  But, in hindsight its actually rather amusing!

I sat on that tree, drank a fine, camp brew coffee and watched the Sooty Oystercatchers - it was a great weekend!

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 323 - Eurasian Coot

Just back from a wonderfull disconnected trip to the beach.  With luck I will catch up with comments before this post publishes - if not, my apologies for being off line.  We all need to recharge at times.

I think that Coots are rather assuming birds - filled with huge levels of  passion and anger, that often shows up as they charge about over lakes and ponds at the slightest sign of wrong doing by other birds.

I caught this bird in a more relaxed (or exhausted) moment, and rather liked the reflection.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 322 - Pink Eared Duck

These are some Pink Eared Ducks (Malacorhynchus membranaceus) from Jells Park in Melbourne.  A busy day at work and the start of some (in my opinion) well deserved time off almost made me miss this post!

These duck are so great they need no more words!

From the look of these boys and girls I think spring may be in the air!

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 321 - Crimson Rosellas (in the rain)

The Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) is, to say the least, showy.   It shows a range of colours over its range, but the ones in my part of the world fall into the Crimson Type! Elsewhere they run to yellow and orange.

As you can see from these pictures these birds were feeding on the ground in the rain. I rather like the way the raindrops have beaded on the feathers.  The light was pretty dull for these pictures, but I do like them.

These pictures were taken at Wilsons Promontory National Park - which is very close to being my favourite place.  I'm going there (again) this weekend!

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 320 - Blue-Billed Duck

I managed to get back to Jells Park for a couple of hours this weekend - which was a bit of a relief from the office I have to tell you!

I was really pleased to find the Blue-billed Ducks (Oxyura australis) much closer to one of the viewing platforms than in my other recent visits.  This duck is native to Australia, but is closely related to other around the world.  If you are reading this in the UK, the BBD is closely related to the Ruddy Duck - which has been subject to a effort to remove it from the UK as a breeding species.

It's not hard to see how these duck got their name! Although I have to say that I rather like the females as well!

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PS: it's been an interesting week to say the least!  Will catch up with comments and such like asap.  Its hard to believe I stared doing WBW on Wednesday, 16 July 2012! 

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 319 - Freckled Duck

These are some more shots from Jells Park.  While I was scanning about with my bins, I noticed these ducks tucked up underneath an island.

The head shape is pretty distinctive, with a high crown. These are Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa).  This is Australia's rarest duck. The population is estimated to number 11,000-26,000 individuals. By loafing about at the base of an island it is doing exactly what the guide books say it does.

These images are rather more cropped than normal, but I like the tones and textures, and the rather 'secretive' nature of the images.  They look much better larger - so click on them so see this.

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