Friday, 2 December 2016

Blue, White and bit of Orange

I suppose this is a sky - but it's also a Cattle Egret!


This picture was taken on Yellow Water, Kakadu in the Northern Territory.

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday 227 - Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon

Not too many pictures this week - and not too much text either.

I was really pleased to find (or if the truth be told, be shown) these birds when I was in Kakadu.  These birds are Chestnut-quilled rock pigeons.  Rather confusingly their scientific name, Petrophassa rufipennis, means 'red-winged rock pigeon' - now I wish taxonomists would make up their mind's!

This bird has a very restricted distribution, only being found in a small part of Western Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.  These birds were all drinking from a dripping tap in carpark at Ubirr.

Hardly a wilderness experience, but another example of the birdwatching  adventures that can be found in unexpected places!






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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Out and about

During a bit of a brief walk on the weekend I came across this Purple Swamphen - or more correctly a Australasian swamphen now that the classification has been changed - stripping the seeds from single grass stalks.  This was rather good value to watch.

The bird was holding the stalk of grass lightly in its beak and then it would slide its back along the grass, removing all the seeds.  I recall doing a similar thing as a kid - although using my fingers rather than my 'beak' - to create bunches of seeds to throw at people in a rather annoying way!

Photographically these pictures were a bit of a challenge - the bird was in tall grass which kept being 'grabbed' by the auto-focus and there were strands of wire from a fence as well.  In the end the birds were scared off by a large group of cyclists!

I have included a picture of one the the chicks that was also feeding in the area - I was impressed by the size of their feet!





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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday 226 - Sacred and Little Kingfisher

I thought I would continue with my kingfisher posts this week.  The Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) is one of Australia's most widespread kingfishers.  The Little Kingfisher (Ceyx pusillus) lives up to its name by being only 12cm long - this bird is only found on the central and eastern coasts of northern Australia.

The picture of both of these birds were taken on a wonderful late afternoon / evening trip Yellow Water cruise in Kakadu National Park.

If you look closely, you can see that the Sacred Kingfisher has a small companion.  The pictures of the Little Kingfisher are not as sharp as I would like - but I think I saw the bird for a total of about 10 seconds, so I'll take what I can get!

Sacred Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher
Little Kingfisher 
Little Kingfisher
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