Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Wild Bird Wednesday 478 - Turquoise Parrot

The Turquoise Parrot (Neophema pulchella) is a smallish, but rather wonderful looking parrot that I managed to see a few months back when I was able to travel to the North Central town of Glen Rowan.  It will be at least 6 weeks before I can make a similar journey.

I was given some information about where I may be able to find the birds, and spent a good part of two days at this spot!  I manged to get some good views - although some of them were near the end of the day when the light was fading.

But as you can see, I did manage to get some pictures.  Hope you enjoy this rather wonderful bird.

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Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Wild bird Wednesday 477 - Rainbow Lorikeet

These pictures were taken last week, when it was clear - at least to these Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus moluccanus) - that spring was in the air.  This pair of birds were investigating a hollow log, probably as a nesting site.  I went back the next day, and unfortunately, the log was free from lorikeets. 

I plan to go back soon, and have a look for this couple!

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Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Wild Bird Wednesday 476 - Spotted Pardalote

Spotted Pardalotes (Pardalotus punctatus) are tiny birds, with a wing span of about 50-60 mm.  They spend much of their time feeding high in the canopy of gum trees.  They have a distinctive double note call, and for much of the time they are easier to hear than see.  They nest in tunnels that they excavate into banks, such as stream side and road cuttings. 

These birds were nesting just below a bridge over a small stream (drain!) in a local park, and their regular movements in and out of the nest hole made them much easier to see than normal.  I think I have seen them described as 'confiding' and they certainly came closer to me than most birds do.  There were a number of branches that had fallen over the stream that they tended to land on prior to entering the nest hole.  They are very fast moving and great fun to watch.

The male birds have a yellow chest and white spots on the crown, while the females have plain chests and yellow spots in the crown.

Unfortunately, a couple of days after I took most of these pictures we had a day of heavy rain and the stream where these birds were nesting flooded, submerging the nest tunnel.  The pair of birds were still in the area, so maybe they will try to nest again.  I will keep an eye on these birds, as the park with the steam is one of the few places I can visit during lockdown!

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Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Wild Bird Wednesday 475 - Parrots

Thought I'd start this WBW with a few brief quotation from two of my favourite books:

 “It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine.” - Eeyore ('and parrots', he meant to add I'm sure)

“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.” - Winnie the Pooh (although I think he meant to say 'parrot')

“After all, one can’t complain. I have my friends.” - Eeyore ('who like parrots too' he added)

And with that, here are some parrots.

Crimson Rosella

Gang Gang Cockatoo

Little Corella

Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

Mulga Parrot

Musk Lorikeet

Northern Rosella

Rainbow Lorikeet

Orange Collared Lorikeet

Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo

Splendid birds.  Its spring.  I need to get my act together.  Lock-downs be dammed. 

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Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Wild Bird Wednesday 474 - Whiskered Tern

Well, this has not been a great week.  We have now had over 200 days of lockdowns as a result of COVID, in 6 separate blocks.  Curfews, travel limitations and restrictions on the number of hours you can spend exercising - two in my case.  I'm sure you are fed up with these rather gloomy starts to WBW - and so am I.  

In the gap between the last two lockdowns I managed a trip to Werribee - which is always a good thing, but its even better in summer!  I did get rather excited when I first saw this tern - but on closer examination it turned out to be a Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) in non-breeding plumage. These pictures are a bit of a symphony in grey!  But I did like the challenge of getting even half decent pictures of this bird in less than ideal conditions.

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