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#41 graynomad

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:28 AM

More good photos, the swan looks like he means you no good.

 

I better have a rummage and come up with some more pics.


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Posted 22 January 2013 - 02:08 AM

Yeah, that's more like it. Fantastic little owl. Love the goggle face mask.  Tell me more ~ What had happened that it needed care?

 

A few more of mine.... Grey-tailed Tattler, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Brolgas, White-faced Heron, White-necked Heron, Black Swan     

Geoff am not sure about the injury, wasn't bad so was released pretty quick, love your swan pic i have got a similar pic but on a overcast day, love the ruffled feathers look.

 

 

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 02:17 AM

Nomad & mmackwan,

 

Yep that swan meant business. i was walking past its nest when in a flash it was coming straight at me. I took that one shot and beat a hasty retreat. 


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Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:17 AM

We spent 6 weeks camped on the banks of the Victoria river just outside Timber Ck in the Northern Territory.
 
At low tide this bad boy would often fish in the shallows right below the truck and the first time I saw him I nearly broke a leg getting down to the water level. After a while though I had so many photos that I didn't bother taking any more. Occasionally his girlfriend (they have yellow eyes) would turn up as well.

 

Jabiru (aka Black-necked stork), Victoria River, Timber Creek, NT   

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If I just sat on the bank he would often get so close I couldn't focus with the 400, at times like this I'd like a long zoom.


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Posted 09 January 2015 - 11:13 AM

Who can update this topic with some new photos? It's a shame some of the older images no longer show, always a problem when hosting photos away from ST.


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Posted 08 March 2015 - 12:29 PM

Last July we took a day-long tour with Del Richards out of Port Douglas, Queensland.  We're not hardcore twitchers, but wanted to see some of the birds in the area.  In the end, we saw more than 90 different species, including some of the following:

 

Laughing Kookaburra

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Red-browed Firetail Finch

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Macleay's Honeyeater (endemic to the region)

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Double-eyed Fig-Parrot

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Galah

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Red-back Fairy-wren (female here)

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Blue-faced Honeyeater

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 10:47 PM

@Geoff - all I can say is Wow!

Too many smashing images to comment on the ones I like, but for some reason the Shining Bronze-cuckoo strikes me most of all.
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Posted 13 March 2015 - 11:39 PM

Thanks for your comments @offshorebirder

 

A few more recent images. Hooded Plovers. Like your Piping Plover this species is endangered and i do a lot of volunteer work with Birdlife Australia monitoring this species.

 

I took the image of the chick about 2 days before it fledged. The amazing story behind the chick is that it was one of two chicks to fledge that was reared by a single male parent after the female parent bird was killed by a fox a day before they hatched.  

 

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 01:30 PM

Here are some pictures we took in the Northern Territory:

 

White-faced Heron, Katherine Gorge

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Peregrine Falcon, Katherine Gorge

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Emu, Kakadu

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Jabiru, Yellow Waters, Kakadu

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Little Pied Cormorant, Yellow Waters:

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White-breasted Sea Eagle, Yellow Waters:

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Great Egret, Yellow Waters:

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Azure Kingfisher, Yellow Waters:

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 01:37 PM

And a few more:

 

Magpie geese, Yellow Waters:

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Royal Spoonbill, Yellow Waters:

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Intermediate (I think) Egret, Yellow Waters:

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Juvenile Rufous Night Heron, Yellow Waters:

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Jabiru, Corroboree Billabong:

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Forest Kingfisher, Kakadu:

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Variegated Fairywren, Alice Springs:

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Galah, Alice Springs:

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Budgerigar, West MacDonnells:

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 11:55 PM

Geoff and Zubbie, some great images, thanks for posting the. Makes me want to pack up the Cruiser and head back north.


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Posted 20 December 2015 - 01:41 PM

~ @Geoff

 

Reading an old book yesterday I noticed a reference to what was translated as “an Australian brushturkey’.

 

Is there such a species?

 

If so, is it a feral version of North American turkeys, or is it an Australian endemic species?

 

I'm unable to find any information about it here, especially as there's no binomial nomenclature name available.

 

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 02:35 PM

Hi @Tom Kellie

 

Australian Brush-turkey Alectura lathami (also known as Scrub turkey) is an Aussie endemic species. Fairly common down the eastern seaboard from far north Queensland to New South Wales south coast. There are not found where i live but I've seen them in my sisters backyard on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

 

Try this link for more information.    http://birdsinbackya...lectura-lathami


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Posted 20 December 2015 - 02:47 PM

Hi @Tom Kellie

 

Australian Brush-turkey Alectura lathami (also known as Scrub turkey) is an Aussie endemic species. Fairly common down the eastern seaboard from far north Queensland to New South Wales south coast. There are not found where i live but I've seen them in my sisters backyard on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

 

Try this link for more information.    http://birdsinbackya...lectura-lathami

 

~ @Geoff

 

Many thanks for that.

 

The link is very helpful.

 

From what you observed firsthand in your sister's backyard, are they nervous, skittish birds, or more easygoing?

 

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 09:29 PM

@Tom Kellie

 

From what i have observed in my sisters backyard and other places where they are used to humans the Scrub Turkeys think they own the place.

Often they are too busy scraping about in the leaf litter to worry about you. It's when you get very close that they might dash away but then only for a few metres.


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Posted 20 December 2015 - 09:43 PM

We have about 14 of them here every day (up near Bundaberg). They are not nervous at all, if you stand still they will approach with a view to pecking your toes. We even have some of them come inside. :)

 

Watching their antics can be hours of fun for the whole family as they chase each other up the trees, under the house, etc.


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Posted 21 December 2015 - 04:15 AM

~ @Geoff and @graynomad

 

This is very interesting, as until your comments, I'd never known about them.

 

It sounds as though they're a species that's relatively unaffected by human activities.

 

I'm glad I asked, as this opens up understanding of a type of Australian bird completely unfamiliar to me.

 

I like this Aussie birds section as I've never visited Australia, hence nearly all of its avian species remain to be seen...someday.

 

Many thanks to both of you!

 

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 01:41 AM

Out for a walk yesterday afternoon in the Ironbark forest (Ironbark is a type of Eucalypt) near my home, testing the recovering broken leg on uneven terrain. To my delight and astonished surprise I had one of my best sightings for 2015. Whilst stopped at a dried waterhole I had the feeling I was being watched. I looked around, then looked up... I had to walk back to the car park, drive home and return with the camera even though I knew I'd only get a record shot.

 

Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua)

 

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 03:44 AM

~ @Geoff

 

The ultimate avian surveillance image.

 

The crooked neck to peer downwards at the lens — classic.

 

The barred plumage is beautiful.

 

Funny, I'd never thought about owls in Australia.

 

What a fine sighting and great photograph.

 

Very glad that you're out and about.

 

Thanks for sharing this.

 

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Posted 05 March 2016 - 11:41 AM

i have at least 2000 images in my Australian birds collection - hard to pick some for this forum but heres just a few

 

Chestnut-breasted Manikins

Pale-headed Rosella

Black-necked Stork

Crested Shrike-tit

Plumed Whistling-ducks

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

Hooded Robin

 

 

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