Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Juvenile Mangrove Robin gets out from under

First day away from nest for juvenile Mangrove Robin (Peneonanthe pulverulenta) near coast southeast of Ingham today.

Bird hadn't got out of nest late yesterday morning.

It was getting to be a tight fit though.

Both parents and one of their previous brood (only just losing last trace of immature plumage) kept the food coming.

It fell to female to carry away the faecal sac.

Want more from outside the nest? Happy to oblige, below:




 Why only one juvenile? One unhatched egg left in nest. Never fertilised, I guess.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Beauty takes time to emerge

Can always count on Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton) for local colour in Tyto. Little beauties brightening most days, rain of shine. 


Sometimes, though, outer beauty takes time to emerge.

Also taking plenty of time to emerge, Australian Little Bittern (Ixobrychus dubius). Tucked away in the scleria for most of this year, male came out a few days ago.

May be visible more often between now and Xmas, a period when I think males can be in tussles for territory. 

In the meantime here's hoping for closer emergences and better luck with bigger prey.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Catching White Ibis catches


After going for years without getting close view of Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) grabbing biggish fish, along come two catches, both in Tyto lately. Sorry, fish lovers, no idea of species, but  all in the water being fished at the time will soon be dead unless they can survive in hardened mud because creek pools are drying fast.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Silvereye done gone Gerygone wrong

Daylight robbery by thieving Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) in foothills on way up to Wallaman Falls this week.


Large-billed Gerygone (Gerygone magnirostris) chased robber off twice then gave up. Explains why the nesting birds hadn't made much progress in the week since I first spotted them starting work in tree over small creek. Seeing the behaviour some compensation for no-show by Little Kingfisher, primary target along the creek.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Young Kite rises to shine



Young Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) in attractive transition to full adult plumage of grey, white and black, and also yet to develop brilliantly red eye, takes up position to preen and pose in morning warmth yesterday.