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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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 302 - Emu

The Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is Australia's second largest bird, standing between 1.5 and 2m tall and weighing in at 26-50kg!  By any standards that's a large bird.

Being a flightless bird it can run at about 50km per hour and is a surprisingly good swimmer.  (The bit about swimming is taken from the books, not my own observation).

These birds were in a damp paddock near Halls Gaps, and being an inquisitive sort of bird they eventually came so close to me that I could no longer focus the lens on them.

I rather like the two head only shots, not just because they are sharp, but because they include a fly in each picture!  In may even be the same fly!

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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Eastern Grey Kangaroo

These Eastern Grey Kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) were loafing about on the football oval at Halls Gap in the Grampians.  They gather there in (surprisingly) large numbers most days and are a bit of a tourist attraction really.

These are the most abundant - some would say over abundant - in my neck of the woods.  In some places where they are fed by tourists, they can become rather aggressive, especially when they are trying to get food.  As with many other wild animals, some people seem to forget that they are wild and not zoo animals.  A number of people have been hurt by this type of 'roo - slashed with the claws on the back legs. As you can see from the pictures, these claws are not small!

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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 301 - Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

More pictures from my trip to the Grampians in Eastern Victoria rather than Scotland!

These are Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos (Cacatua galerita), which are a wide spread Australian Cockatoo.  At about 50cm they they are pretty large when seen close by.  These birds are noisy and clearly intelligent, and can do a bit of damage as they seem to like eating housing materials!

Somebody must have spilt some muesli on the fence in the past, as the birds often came to visit at breakfast time.

I have to say they were great early morning company.

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Coat of Arms

It's not often that you see creatures from heraldry stalking the landscape - but here are the two animals that feature on the Australian Coat of Arms having a bit of a late evening snack near to Halls Gap.

I would be reasonable to say that the light for these shots was not great!

Also these two iconic beasts would not line up for the perfect shot - so focus was a bit of one or the other, but not both.  The bird is an Emu and the Kangaroo is an Eastern Grey.

To be honest, the Kangaroo on the Coat of Arms is a different species - the Red Kangaroo - but the whole thing still made me smile.

More pictures of Emus and Roos to follow in coming posts!

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