Saturday, 25 October 2008

Camping Part 2

This time I would like to share with you some more from our camping weekend. We were lucky enough to see and hear a Noisy Pitta behind our tent, plus Crested Shrike-Tits, a pair of Paradise Riflebirds, and a Wompoo Fruit-Dove. Scarlet Honeyeaters were everywhere. A Wonga Pigeon and Satin Bowerbird were also calling in the area, just to name a few of the 60 plus species seen or heard over the weekend.
The walk along the creek was very interesting with many crossings and places to sit and watch the birds coming to drink. At one of these spots we saw a snake in the creek, though it was too far away to id. We counted five Eastern Yellow Robins at this spot as well. Dewfish ( Tandanus tandanus) (Eel-tailed Catfish) could be seen tending their nest as we walked along the creek.
Five King Parrots came into feed in the late afternoon not too far from where we were camped.
The hardest part of the camp was packing up and leaving this place, as it was so peaceful with lots of wildlife, some just dropping in as was the case of the Spangled Drongos. They were so intent on fighting each other that they landed at my feet before realising someone was there, before flying up into the trees to continue their squabble.

Some of the creek banks looked like prime Platypus Habitat, we did not see any while we were there.

King Parrot (Male)

Clear Running Water

Wompoo Fruit-Dove

New Life

Natural Colours

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Camping Part 1

Was lucky enough last weekend to go camping at Kenilworth. We were planning to camp at Booloumba Creek but were unable to because the creek was up and we were only in a two wheel drive. So we changed our plans and went to Charlie Moreland camping area instead, which was close by.

Charlie Moreland Camping Area

Australian Brush-Turkey
Camping Area local.

Little Yabba Creek
Only a short walk from camp site.

Lace monitor
Another visitor to our camp site.

Little Yabba Creek

Spangled Drongo
This pair decided to drop in while we were packing up camp.

Little Yabba Creek

Little Yabba Creek

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

They say if you wait long enough you will get what you are after, as is the case of the Scaly-breasted Lorikeet.
I have been trying to get photos of them for a long time. We have been seeing them fly past for a while now, and this one stopped long enough for me to take a couple of photos. There numbers seem to be on the increase .

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Rainbows And Rain

It has been raining on and off for the last couple of days, and the birds are hungry. Just as well our Callistemon likes the rain and has come into flower now. It has proved to be popular with all kinds of birds including these Rainbow Lorikeets. The rain has also made a nice carpet of Jacaranda flowers on my newly barked garden, and has given new life to our moss rock.

Rainbow Lorikeet up.
Rainbow Lorikeet down.
Rainbow Lorikeet around.


Jacaranda next door. Jacaranda carpet.

Moss Rock

Monday, 6 October 2008

A Day in Our Yard

One of the benefits in working outdoors in the garden as we have done over the last 2 weeks is that it gives you an appreciation of the variety of wildlife that visit or call our yard home on any given day.
I would like to share some of them with you all, unfortunately I was not lucky enough to get photos of the Green Tree Snake, Blue Tongue Lizard, Common Brush Tailed Possum and Ringtail Possum, but I will keep trying.
We have also been watching a nesting pair of Torresian Crows being harrassed by a pair of Little Friarbirds. I don't think I would like to be a Crow with Friarbirds for neighbors, it would be enough to make you move.
Sometimes I wish the birds would come later in the day to have their drink and bath, as I find myself stopping and watching them instead of finishing the garden. I am nearly finished, then I will be able to take more time to watch them.

Grey-crowned Babbler
I know it is here somewhere, I saw it.

Thank goodness for the red eye and loud call otherwise very difficult to find among the foliage.

Willie Wagtail
I am only little but I can make a lot of noise when I want too.

Little Friarbird
These flowers are so good I keep coming back for more.

Noisy Friarbird
How deep is this thing.

Grey-crowned Babbler & Little Friarbird
Wait your turn we were here first.

Blue-faced Honeyeater
Will you hurry up its my turn.

This Sunset was a nice ending to our day.