Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Most of the time we see White-headed Pigeon they are high up in the trees or flying past. This family were in our mango tree, two adults and one young just after Christmas Day.
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White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

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Monday, 3 November 2014

Camp at Cedar Grove

At the beginning of October we had the honour of hosting a Birds Queensland Camp based at Cedar Grove in the Mary Valley. 107 species were recorded over the 4 days, with apart from Cedar Grove, other places visited being Amama, Amamoor Creek and Stirlings Crossing. For a full list go to Birds Queensland Camp Cedar Grove Bird List in my pages.
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Crested Shrike-tit (Eastern Race) (Falcunculus fontatus)

Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis)(Male)

Little Lorikeet (Glossopsitta pusilla)

Pale-yellow Robin (Tregellasia capito)

Paradise Riflebird (Ptiloris paradiseus)(Male)

Spectacled Monarch (Symposiarchus trivirgatus)

Varied Sittella (White-headed Race)(Daphoenositta chrysoptera)

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Monday, 8 September 2014

Back Yard Birds

Next month Birdlife Australia are holding the inaugural Aussie Backyard Bird Count 20-26 October for more info visit - 

These are some of the birds seen recently in our backyard.

What are the chances these birds will show up during bird week?
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)

Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii)

Australian King-Parrot (M&F) (Alisterus scapularis)
Australian King Parrot (Male)
Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus) (Juveniles)

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)

 King Parrot (Female)
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Monday, 28 July 2014

12 Apostles

It is a long way from where we are in Queensland to the 12 Apostles in Victoria. Our son who lives in Melbourne said come down and I will take you to the 12 Apostles. Even though it is Winter, and we knew it would be very cold and sometimes wet, we went anyway.
There were lots of Crimson Rosella and other birds on the side of the road. Sorry, no photos. Not many places to pull over when you see them.
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Singing Honeyeater (Lichenostomus virescens)
Why do people have to ignore signs to keep out
Hope their photos were worth it.
Some of the cliff that has collapsed
A face in the limestone cliff.
Early morning fog
Some of the 12 Apostles
Sunrise at the 12 Apostles.
Loch Ard Gorge
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For a Birdseye view of the 12 Apostles check out the video our son took.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Brown Goshawk.

 Winter is well on the way more frost coming this week.

This Brown Goshawk has been hanging around for a while now, and at last landed in the mango tree long enough for a quick photo before taking off again.

 Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus)

Frost on the dead grass beside our house.
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Monday, 23 June 2014

Mixed Birds.

 Just a few mixed birds we have seen around our area.

 Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis)
This Australian Hobby was a case of being in the right place at the right time.
 Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis)
The Fan-tailed Cuckoo and Noisy Pitta we saw at Bymien Picnic Area in Cooloola National Park.
Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor)
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Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Pale-headed Rosella

 This post is for Mick. Enjoy the birds, you will get to see them one day.
 Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus)
The bird on the right with red on the head is an immature Pale-headed Rosella.

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Monday, 19 May 2014

Wader Count

Though most of the waders have left for the Northern Hemisphere, there are some that stay behind. What was a surprise for us was to see a Bar-tailed Godwit, (on the left in the photo below), that looks to have a white flag on its right leg.  

Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)
Silver Gull
  Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae)

As we waited for the time to start counting the waders, this Striated Heron flew into a mangrove not too far away, and started fishing in front of us. Somebody walked out near to were it was, and the heron flew away. Just as we started counting, the heron flew back and landed in a big mangrove tree, so I went and tried to get some photos of it.
 Striated Heron (Butorides striatus)
 Before it flew away it was in this small mangrove.
After it came back it landed in a big mangrove.

Some people getting ready to kite surf from the sandbar where the waders normally rest.
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