Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 308 - Pied Currawong

When we spent the long weekend away at Warburton, our house often rang to the call of the Pied Currawong.  The rather magnificent bird has a wonderful, almost mechanical call.  Despite its (mostly) all black plumage the Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina) is not a crow, being more closely related to Butcher birds and the Australian Magpie.

I think this bird was expecting to be given some decent food by us - I think it was disappointed with the seeds from my camera bean bag!

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 307 - Superb Lyrebird

Last weekend we spent a couple of days away from Melbourne, just outside a small town called Warburton.  The area around Warburton, and the garden of the house we stayed in, is naturally covered in dampish forest - tall gum trees and thick under brush.

This is pretty much perfect habitat for the Superb Lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae).  At about 1m long for the males, they are one of the worlds largest songbirds.  They have a remarkable ability to mimic other bird song, and also sounds from their environment.  A bird in an Australian zoo used to be famous for making the noise of a camera and a motor drive!  Unfortunately, many of these birds can now mimic car alarms, mobile phone tones and chain saw as well.

Due to the season this bird - as I think all the pictures are of the same bird - was silent all weekend.  I think this bird is a female, as it seems to lack the flamboyant tail of the male.

I always think of this bird as being a bit of a combination between a chicken and the Road Runner (Unfortunately, I can only base my knowledge of the road-runner on the cartoon!)

I have found this bird hard to photograph in the past, as it tends to like deep undergrowth and dense tree cover.  This bird was feeding in the garden of the house we were in, and as a result I was able to get some images.

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018


I have just come back from a great long weekend away - wood fire, walks, red wine, birds in the garden and good company.  Just the ticket.

While we were on a (very) short I saw this building in the early stages of sinking back into the wild.  The building was next to a rail-trail at Warburton, although I don't think the building was associated with trains.

The weather was great, but the light was shocking - straight into bring sunlight, with deep shade.  In the end I think that the black and white images looked the best.

With luck the weekend away will act as circuit breaker for the rather hectic state of life at present.  Hope to catch up with comments and visits in next day or so.

More pictures from around the world at Our World Tuesday.  SM

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 306 - Rainbow Lorikeet

I have had enough of hectic - I really have!

These are some pictures I took a while ago of Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus moluccanus) in a garden just around the corner from our house.  Lured in by the promise of apples, I often see these birds on the way to work.  When I do see them, I want to stop and not go to work!

Oh well!  

Cant claim these birds don't live up to their names.

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 305 - Little Corella (Part 1) - On the Ground

It's a sure sign (at least to me) that autumn has arrived when the flocks of Little Corellas (Cacatua sanguinea) return to feast on the seeds of out street trees.

Little Corellas (and Corellas in general) are part of the broader parrot group - and as a result they are smart, comical and noisy.  In the case of this species, very noisy.

These birds are part of a flock of at least 100 or more birds that were feeding on Liquid Amber seeds. They were reasonably cooperative - but once again, my car acted as a good hide and once again I was laughed at by passers by for lying flat on my stomach, with a camera, in a public place.

I really like the shots of the bird on its back, playing with the seed pod.

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(There have been some issues with Blogger over the last week, with notifications of comments not being emailed to blog owners - so my apologies if I have missed visiting your blog!)

Cheers - SM.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Eastern Quolls

Eastern Quolls are small, nocturnal marsupial predators - think cats with pouches!  These animals were once widespread in SE Australia, but are now probably extinct on the mainland. However, they are reasonably common (in the right habitat) in Tasmania - and I was really pleased to get some (very grainy) footage of one during January.

Eastern Quolls (Dasyurus viverrinus) have a total length - head, body and tail of about 40 - 70 cm and they weigh between 0.7 and 2kg.  And yes, they do have really good flank spots!

Most of their diet comprises invertebrates, but they will also take carrion.  Basically they will eat pretty much anything they find!  The logs in the video had some strange looking scats on them - and I hoped that they were from quolls.  I scavenged a few large months that had had a bad experience with electric lights (!) and a few bits of what I think were the remains of a rabbit, and left them on the log and stump.  It seemed to work!

The second of the two videos is the better one!

More pictures from around the world at Our World Tuesday.  SM

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 304 - Crimson Rosella

It's another photo essay this week - although there is some sign of relaxation on the horizon!

These birds are Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) and it's not hard to see where that common name came from!

These bird were regular, if rather timid, visitors to the house we rented in Halls Gap, in the Grampians a few week ago.  This is where a long lens is very useful.  I managed to get a pictures of these birds on a couple of mornings, but I may have to leave some for a later date.

These guys are adults, and they really are these colours!

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 303 - Galah

It been a very, very busy week - so this week's WBW is rather more of a photo-essay than anything else.

These birds are Galahs (Eolophus roseicapilla) which were feeding on a sports oval.  The bird with the grey looking head is a young bird.

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