Thursday, April 23, 2015

Butterflies busy with bee on flowering grass tree

Follow that bee, Blue One. Roger, Skipper. Regent Skippers (Euschemon rafflesia) line up behind interloper on flowering grass tree spike at Wallaman Falls lookout area.

Red-bodied Swallowtail (Pachliopta polydorus) also in the area but wouldn't get in line for a group shot.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Oriental Cuckoo in flight at Tyto

Want to see bad pictures of an Oriental Cuckoo? No? Well another Tony does, so here we have distant flight at Tyto the other morning. Only the two in-flight images, so lucky to have contrasting wing positions. No Orientals seen last year: 3-4 late-season birds last few weeks.

Sticking with less than perfect, Black-necked Stork with wriggling  eel. Had to stop on Cattle Creek bridge on main (Bruce) highway for quick shots with Troopy's diesel motor pounding but got lucky  break in traffic.

Better shot of Budgerigar along Orient Road recently. Not so lucky with the barbed wire (rusty's better: natural material better yet).

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Magpie Geese happy to be big heads

Lots of big knobs at Orient Station these days. Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata) males are all big heads. 

Maybe the conk on top comes from having a bird family all their own. Makes them feel special. That, and the hooked bill, and part-webbed feet.

Plenty of healthy green feed, lots of company (800 on these reeds yesterday), and any number of females without big heads.

Could life be any better?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Brown Falcon, Osprey take a closer look

Big brown bonus of followup search for Painted Snipe (previous post) came with one of Orient Station's resident Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) pair taking up position on handy post.

And showing off every shade of brown on takeoff. This bird may be female because somewhat larger then light-coloured mate, seen, but less often within camera range.

Another raptor dropping in, Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus) making one of several passes overhead during my recent walk out along the Lucinda sandspit.

The bird really did seem interested in me, though hard to mistake camera and lens for something fishy. And Ospreys are rather picky about their food (nothing dead, thank you!).  

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Who are you to call anyone ugly, you turkey.

Ugly? Who are you to call anyone ugly, you turkey! You'll think we look pretty enough come Thanksgiving or Christmas!