Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Wild Bird Wednesday 352 - Australian King Parrot

We were visited by a small flock of Australian King Parrots (Alisterus scapularis) during our recent trip away to Lorne.  The house we rented was surrounded by rather impressive woodland - bush as they say here - and on one afternoon the King Parrots arrived looking for a feed.  Luckily, the 'bean bags' I often use to support my cameras are full of pearl barley, so I was able to oblige without much guilt!

Although it was fun to see the birds on the table, I think the best pictures are the ones in the trees.  The birds with red head are males - the full red heads being adults, those with patchy red are immatures.  The birds without red on the head are females.

















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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Rainbows at Lorne

We spend last week in the hills behind Lorne - which is a town on the Great Ocean Road, a few hours from our house.  We arrived to be greeted by this rainbow.  In fact one formed in more or less the same place the next day as well.

I don't think it was a sign, but the whole trip was pretty relaxed.






I have to say, that for snap shots phones are pretty impressive cameras these days!

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Wild Bird Wednesday 351 - Superb Fairy-Wren

There seems to be a family of Superb Fairy-Wrens (Malurus cyaneus) in residence in one of the little patches of semi-native vegetation near my house.  Its not really the most peaceful place, with the freeway just the other side of a high wall, but beggars cannot be choosers!

My plan is to try to visit the site on a regular basis and keep an eye open for this group of birds.  One of the males in the group seemed to be developing some blue colour (a generic name for these birds - and a couple of other species is 'blue-wrens') - but I did not manage to get any decent images of that bird.

So, here is the first in what may become a series.





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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Wild Bird Wednesday 350 - Little Corella (Autumn 2)

One of the sure signs that autumn is here - or at least due - is the arrival of large flocks of Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea) to feed on acorns and such like from the street trees.

I found I flock of these birds feeding on a sports oval near my house.  As the birds were not too concerned about the presence of a person (although off lead dogs are not popular with the birds or me) I was able to get pretty close to the flock.  I was a perfect chance to try to very low angle shots, and for once I was pleased that we have not had much rain of late.

I feel sure that this species will show up in WBW or elsewhere on my blog again before autumn is over.










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Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Autumn 1 - Postbridge, UK

Last year I managed to catch up with some autumn colour on Dartmoor for a couple of days.  I was travelling with an old friend, and we stopped at Postbridge, a tiny hamlet consisting of just a few houses, a pub (it was too early to check it out), a shop and two well known bridges.

The oldest of the bridges is a very well preserved example of a 'clapper bridge' which is thought to have been built in the 13th century! The other bridge is much more modern - being built in the 1780s!

Things tend to have a bit of history in the UK!

Clapper bridge closest to camera

Clapper bridge closest to camera


The modern (!) bridge


The clapper bridge


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Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Wild Bird Wednesday 349 - Chestnut Teal

Another bird from my local patch.  This is a male Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea) taking in some autumn sun near a smallish pond a little way from my house.

I really like the way the sunlight brings out the colours of the feathers.  I also rather like the insect (or whatever it is) on the underside of the branch - you may not be surprised to know I only noticed it when I was processing the pictures.

The Chestnut Teal is a common duck in the south-east of Australia, and is one of the default ducks at wetlands around here.











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