elefromoz

Elefromoz and her first year

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@@michael-ibk, @@PeterHG, thanks, we had certainly heard them as walked along the river in the evening, our guide pointed out their song, could never seem to spot one though. So quite probably.

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My July collection, First a few from "down south" on the coast

119.Kookaburra, not welcome by everyone, locally considered a pest due to their habit of taking the chicks of our local species

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120. Welcome Swallow

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121. Silver Gull

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122. Pacific Gull

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123.Sooty Oystercatcher

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124. A couple of really bad photos, but can't leave them out as I will probably not see either again this year, and I was thrilled to see both species sharing the same "air-space" for a few minutes. White Bellied Sea Eagle

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125. Wedgetail Eagle

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126. Closer to home, in the CBD, after a bit of a hunt around a city lake, Nankeen Night Heron, this one sleeping

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and this one awake

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127. Pied Cormorant on a nest

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128. One from the garden, Singing Honey Eater, they really enjoy the Camellias over winter, not much else in the garden.

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"Welcome Swallow"? What a cool name! :)

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@@elefromoz

Lovely additions from Australia. That SInging Honey Eater is a stunner.

When you started the Big Year you said you didn't know much about birds or photography - you certainly can't say that about either now :)

Great photos of a fascinating range of birds. I think the Big Year has had a massive impact on a number of us!

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My August collection

 

129. Australian Hobby

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130. Pied Cormorant, a much larger bird than the Little Pied Cormorant posted previously

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131.Red Capped Parrot

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132. Ring Necked Parrot

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133. Crested Tern

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134. Striated Pardalote, Id seen them at this hollow last year, great to see the pair back

 

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135. Pied Oystercatcher

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136. Sacred Kingfisher, another one I hadn't seen for quite a few months

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Most of these Birds are within two kilometres of my house in the Metropolitan area. I'll finish up for the month with a few of the local Osprey, Ive confirmed there are five Osprey within that same area. Theres several Norfolk Pines along the river which top branches provide great perches for the Birds of Prey, far left the Aust Hobby and far right Osprey pair.

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All was going well until those pesky 137. Australian Ravens turned up

 

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Incredible how many Kingfisher species there are! Never heard about a sacred one. Those Parrots are colour-wonders.

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Great additons again @@elefromoz from an unknown part of the world for me. What a beautiful series of the Osprey and the Raven!

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@@elefromoz, great action shots. And those parrots are like rainbows...really colorful.

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My September collection, from around Perth and a few hours North.

Every year the hills area of Perth, where winters are cooler, Araluen Park hosts a Tulip festival. Probably a bit odd, but a lovely show of Tulips amongst the Eucalypts, nevertheless.

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The little bush-birds were very pretty too, and some lovely melodious songsters amongst them

138.Grey Shrike Thrush, Ill keep trying for a better photo another time

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Both the Golden Whistler and Scarlet Robin (this time female) Ive previously posted

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In my own garden, the 139. Red Wattle Birds have been breeding up and kept busy with noisy, hungry chicks that seem to grow so fast.

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140. Rainbow Lorikeet, I include it reluctantly as it is a "pest", displacing our locals birds. Nevertheless here it is

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141. White Cheeked HoneyEater

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A few from the Chittering Valley 142. Grey Butcherbird

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143. Western Gerygone

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144. Female Rufous Whistler, I am still trying for the Male, he's very pretty and another great singer

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145. White Necked Heron

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Another repeat, but a somewhat better photo, Yellow Rumped Thornbill

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146. Australian Wood duck, Male and Female

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147. Red Capped Robin

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And Juv

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148. Ring Necked Parrot, now I have posted a Ring-Neck before but this a different sub-species, zonarius, its colouring is quite different, no red on the bill, paler blue-green plumage and a yellow chest.

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149. Yellow Throated Miner

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150. Nankeen Kestrel

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151. Spiny Cheeked Honeyeater, it kept its eye behind a twig all the time, think it thought if it couldn't see me, I couldn't see it.

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The Shorebirds have just started to trickle in to Alfred Cove near where I live all the way from Siberia. My first ones for this year, way out on the distant sandbar at low tide. 152. A little group of Curlew Sandpipers

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The Rainbow Lorikeet may be a pest in your area, but wow, what a colourful one. Love the Robin - looks just like ours except for the very different colours.

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What a beautiful September collection @@elefromoz ! I felt quite at home already with the tulips in the first photo :) Well that was the last familiar one right away, for the rest was a colorful showcase of birds, completely unknown to me. Wonderful to see!

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I agree with @@michael-ibk, that is one colorful pest. But, I know how destructive non-native species can be.

 

My favorite is the Red Capped Robin. It's own my bucket list to get to Australia (and specifically Tasmania) to see a Pink Robin. There is just something about those Australian Robins that I really like.

 

Great set of photos!

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@@elefromoz some nice additions since I last visited this thread.

 

@@Atdahl You don't need to go to Tasmania to see Pink Robin. They are on the mainland in Victoria.

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A few to add on for October, first a couple of common ones from around the Perth city

153. Black faced Cuckoo Shrike

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156. and less common, Black Tailed Godwit ( I hope, vs Bar-Tailed) Mandurah Estuary, about an hour south of the city

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Watching this in the little coastal town of Gracetown, wild and windy....

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When this flew by, terrible photo, but, the first time Ive ever seen one so I was quite excited, 157. Australasian Gannet

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So thats all the new ones for the month but, in the bushland by the coast near Dunsborough, a very friendly Western Yellow Robin who let me approach quite close

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Last month I posted the Female Rufous Whistler, I said I hoped to capture the Male next time. Here he is, his beautiful song echoing up the street

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@@Geoff mentioned a while back that the Female Golden Whistler was one of the most frequently wrongly identified birds...well heres my attempt. And Im happy Geoff for any correction.

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And my "mystery bird", it was in the same small patch of bush beside the coast along with the Western Yellow Robin and Golden Whistler, so @@Geoff any help again? Is it the same bird as the previous two photos( all 3 in Dunsborough but this one in our street, other two in the bush outside town)

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And because its Spring, some babies, lots everywhere at the moment.

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November has been a great month for Birds for me. I think Ive been walking around with my eyes closed up til this year as I am seeing and hearing Birds Ive never seen,or heard before. Every new bird is exciting, and Ive particularly enjoyed Birds form my home patch this month.

 

Ive joined Birdlife WA (West Aus) and took a walk with them a few weeks ago around Thompsons Lake, which is a wetland lake in the suburbs. The advantage of a group is, many eyes and ears on the job. I don't know how anyone spotted this in the distance and high in the tree, but he did...
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158 Tawny Frogmouth and Chick!!

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A different view from underneath showing the nest of twigs, a bit of the chick to the side, but also the excellent camouflage, just looks like a piece of bark

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159. Pallid Cuckoo

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160. Shiny Bronze Cuckoo

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I was in the Garden, down South in Dunsborough, when there was a thumping and flapping of wings overhead, a large bird in pursuit of a small Honey-eater. It missed its target but stopped on the branch of a small Eucalypt just 20 feet in front of me. I was too scared to move for fear of frightening it, so slowly I raised my camera...

161. Collared SparrowHawk

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After that heart-stopping moment, back to the small birds, 162. Inland Thornbill

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A walk through the nearby bush 163. Little Wattlebird

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And onto the beach for 164. Fairy Martins

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Back to my own garden and the 165. Magpie. We are friends again now. October is hell with the Magpies, they are very aggressive with chicks on the nest. Ive always told everyone they leave me alone when on the nest in our Gumtree. Not this year, just as i was bent over looking into the letterbox, glanced up to see it swooping straight toward me at eye level. I ducked and bolted inside and for the next three weeks or so we could only venture outside with a broom handy. There was a disturbing photo in the local paper of a cyclist with a Magpie pecking at his ear as he peddled along, he had a camera on his bike and caught the attack on film.Every Spring people end up at the doctor with Magpie related injuries. you may laugh.

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We had a couple of nights on Rottnest Island, which is about half an hour by boat off Perth. Its inland Lakes (salt) are home to the Migratory Waders over Summer.

166.Ruddy Turnstone

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167. Red Capped Plover (male)

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and Female

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168. Red Necked Stint

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169. Red Necked Avocet, such a pretty bird

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170. Banded Stilt, hundreds and hundreds of them, here with a Black Winged Stilt for comparison

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171. Sanderling

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172. Caspian Tern

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and in the coastal scrub 173. White Fronted Chat (male)

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and female

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And a few repeats, marginally better photos than previously posted, Sooty Oystercatcher

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Buff Banded Rail

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White Browed Scrubwren, Juv

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Kookaburra with Frog which it pounded to death on the branch

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And finally, "now thats what I call a nest!"

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And a little to tale to finish. I was stopped at the traffic lights in the suburbs, watching a Wattlebird chasing a Moth, both ducking and weaving, a tiny Willy Wagtail in pursuit of both. Finally the much larger Wattlebird caught the Moth in its beak with a quick snap, turned flew low over the road, Bang, hit by a car, dead as a Dodo. The little Willy Wagtail never skipped a beat, flew down and snatched the Moth from the dead Wattlebirds beak as it lay squashed on the road. Off the little fellow flew with his prize. For every loser theres a winner.

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Posted (edited)

@@elefromoz

A brilliant collection! I really like the Avocet that we get, so seeing the Red Necked Avocet is a real treat.

It is amazing that anyone would see the Frogmouth - exceptional camouflage

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@@Geoff mentioned a while back that the Female Golden Whistler was one of the most frequently wrongly identified birds...well heres my attempt. And Im happy Geoff for any correction.

 

 

@@elefromoz Sorry, I've neglected to comment on this... Yep, i think all 3 are what i would call female Golden Whistlers (one is a young bird with a pale beak base) though I believe that the Western Australian forms of Golden whistler have now been reclassified as Western Whistler. Just to make it more confusing.

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...and excellent collection of images/birds from November.

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@@TonyQ, thanks, I really liked your idea to focus on local birds "close to home" , its great to travel overseas and see all sorts of exciting things, but its also good to appreciate what we have at home.

 

@@Geoff, thanks, phew, as an absolute beginner to all this, much time is spent sweating over photos and books to help with ID. Im excited I got it right.... well til they went and did a name change on me!

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I think Ive been walking around with my eyes closed up til this year as I am seeing and hearing Birds Ive never seen,or heard before. Every new bird is exciting, and Ive particularly enjoyed Birds form my home patch this month.

We feel just the same - so many things we have never seen before. We have also enjoyed seeing a species at different times of the year, and seeing the youngsters has been a real pleasure. The "BIg Year" has had a big impact on us - and I have loved to follow other people's threads - in particular to see what lives in their part of the world.

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Very impressive November for you - beautiful birds and pictures!

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@@michael-ibk, thanks, it's been great getting out and enjoying the warmer Spring weather

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Another great and varied set! Your november was definitely better than mine...:)

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@@PeterHG, thanks, hopefully December will lookup for you.

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@@elefromoz, great collection. That Tawny Frogmouth is incredible.

 

Alan

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