Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 299 - Australian Wood Duck

Well, things are a bit hectic here - so today I am going to post some ducks and leave it at that!

These are Australian Wood Ducks (Chenonetta jubata) which are considered to be Goose-like Ducks!  I tend to think of them as duck like ducks!

Anyway, these ladies and gentlemen were about and about at Halls Gap last week, so I felt obliged to photograph them.






The males are the birds with the dark brown head, the female have the greater extent of speckles.

Sorry for the lack of visits - I'll be back up to speed for WBW 300!

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

The Things They Left Behind 6: Heatherlie Quarry (again)

I've been away again - but this time, just to add to excitement, Sal was in New York with her choir - so I was in charge (well sort of!).  Hence I have not been doing much blogging - hope to catch up soon!

These are some images from Heatherlie Quarry, which is an abandoned quarry in the Grampians National Park about fours hours from Melbourne.  I had been wanted to try some black and white shots of the absconded machinery there, and these are the results.  The buildings have been renovated in recent years - but not much!







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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 298 - Eurasian Coot

The Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) is not the most colourful bird you will ever see, but I still rather like them.

I used to watch them as a kid while I was fishing - and they may have been in the first 10 birds I ever learnt how to identify.  They also occur naturally in Australia, which makes a change for birds from my childhood!

These pictures were taken when I was down at Point Lonsdale last weekend.




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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Faces from the wood

When we were in our accommodation in Tasmania I found these faces in the wooden panels on the front of the bedroom cupboards.

What do you see?



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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 297 - Noisy Miner

The Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) is a well named bird.  It travels in family groups which are very noisy.  They are also somewhat aggressive, to people and (possibly more importantly) other birds.

There used to be a pair of these birds in the car park of the local pool, and they would swoop very closely past my head, with a percussive snap of the beak and an annoyed call.  Once I cam to expect this, it was not much of a problem.

However, for other birds its a bit more of a problem.  Noisy Miners are much better able to cope with fragmented and damaged habitats than many other Australian birds, and this is where their aggressive nature becomes a problem.  In some places they can form breeding colonies that basically drive out most of the other breeding birds.  High numbers of this species are really a mark of a damaged ecosystem.

The first set of pictures - with the bird on the ground - were taken at the car park, while the last two were taken at a local cafe, where the birds were cleaning up some spilt sugar.  They are nothing if not adaptable!










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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Which Way?

Thanks for the Easter Long weekend I was able to take a day trip down to Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff this weekend.  A rather splendid lunch and a bit of bird watching resulted.

When we pulled into the car park at Queenscliff I saw these Silver Gulls standing on this sign near the beach.  I rather liked the scene.

 


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