Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 317 - Helmeted Friarbird

This is a rather older picture than usual - it was taken a couple of years ago in Kakadu National Park, near the Nourlangie area.

This bird is a young Helmeted Friar Bird (Philemon buceroides). On the other hand it may be a Silver Headed Friarbird (although I dont think so)  - anybody who can identify with more certainty than me is welcome to comment!

Any this bird is about 30 to 35 cm long, and is only found in the northern parts of Australia.  When I Was taking these shots I remember thinking that the light was really not that great - too muck back light and such like.




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27 comments:

  1. For a moment I thought it had a red throat, but see it is taking the nectar from the flowers. Odd name-- the "friar's cap" is visible in the third photo.

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  2. Like so many off your Aussie birds Stewart, it's from a family of birds unique to your part of the world. We have very few if any nectar drinking birds in the UK.

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  3. This is a very sweet bird. I really want to see this one!

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  4. A vey bird to capture and I have seen it before but i amafraid I coudnot reay tethe differenc beteen the hemeted and Siver. Thanks for hosting and have a good week Sewart.

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  5. Unique bird! Such an unusual shape of head and neck...
    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Hari OM
    It's good to look back on files - The backlight works well for that third shot! YAM xx

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  7. A bit prehistoric looking, but beautiful!

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  8. Light is rarely right for photography so you have to work with what you have, I suppose. Great looking bird. I have seen several of its relatives but never having been to its corner of Australia not this one.

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  9. A new one on me, thanks for the introduction. Hope all is well. Cheers Diane

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  10. Nice. I like the one with the bird dipping into the red flower.

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  11. Such an interesting looking beak!

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  12. A wonderful bird! Love the photos, Stewart!

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  13. Hi Stewart, what an interesting bird; definitely unique to your part of the world. Thanks for showing it. This is the first time I've lined in ages; hopefully the beginning of regular bird posts. Thanks for hosting the meme. Have a great day. Jo

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  14. What a sweet bird. Different looking beek.. I love the last picture. Just one lone blossom. They seem to leave the blossoms in tact. That’s nice. Our finches strip the trees bare.Enjoy your day.

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  15. An interesting and unusual-looking bird! Great photos!
    Thanks for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday!

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  16. Each week you post the most amazing birds Stewart.

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  17. Looks prehistoric, Stewart...:)JP

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  18. He sure is a good looking fellow.

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  19. Interesting. That beak looks like it could open cans!

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  20. A bit odd looking, but beautiful. I've never heard of this one before.
    Nice pics Stewart.

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  21. Australia has the most wonderful birds. As with many of them, you could call it anything and I would believe you. Except here I could actually see the friar's cap in that one picture.

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  22. Australia has mamy 'weird' and beautiful species.

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  23. Thank you for posting the great content…I was looking for something like this…I found it quiet interesting.
    gclub

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