Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Little Kingfisher dives into spirit of isolation






Isolated myself at little wetlands next door this morning and was rewarded with Little Kingfisher diving into the spirit of things.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Pipit, Sunbird making most of morning



Not a specially early bird, and not a worm but Pipit's pleased with this part of morning's work in Town Common, Townsville.


Also looking content with the morning, male Olive-backed Sunbird, close to my front door.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Sunny times for White-bellied Sea-Eagles

Life's sunny for White-bellied Sea-Eagles in Town Common Cons. Pk, Townsville, these days. Pair with nest at north end sitting pretty at west end of territory near Bald Rock this morning.

Bit of a pre-flight ruffling by female, markedly larger of the two birds. Then up and off.
Male thought about flying with her then settled back to some more majestic stillness.



Thursday, April 2, 2020

Anti-Covid-19 mask: 10-cent, 30-second fix


Millions round world chasing anti-Corvid-19 measures. Huge efforts going into masks. Masks for personal use outside high risk areas are of disputed value. But wearing even the most basic cover should help protect others.

So, here's a 10-cent, 30-second solution. Multicloth, cut partly down middle, loosely knotted, easily tied in place and tucked tidily about mouth and nose.

It will of course be much more effective if everybody out there keeps their distance. Which, in my part of Australia, many, specially men, are not.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Peregrination speeds from kestrel to ibis

Peregrine Falcon wafts easily on breeze below Bald Rock in Town Common Cons. Pk, Townsville, today. Nothing like so purposeless when first seen, as black blur hurtling at Nankeen Kestrel low over the flats near the rock. Last-second side slip saw Kestrel safe. Falcon's return attack lacked resolve.

Surprise came bit later when falcon flew from dead White Ibis at edge of mangroves. Stayed within sight of the corpse but showed no sign of speedy return to it. Dead bird probably explains circling presence and minor aggression among six Whistling Kites in the general area. At no time, however, did any of them land or even fly low close to the ibis. Falcon had plucked some of neck. No clear cause of death.

Other raptors in broader area this morning: two White-bellied Sea-Eagles, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Brown Goshawk, Swamp Harrier, Black Kite.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Good news, good sense put sparkle into the day



Just the thing to brighten our Covid-19 days. Sparkly treasure from the not so sparkly Common Crow butterfly.


Down in the mouth? Cheer up. Good news is burrowing frog got to live another day when tree snake lost grip of things.

Woe is the Bush Stone-curlew's lot? Course not. Sun's shining and that's a happy look. Unhappy stare can curl the toes and turn the unwary to stone.

Are you washing your hands and staying socially distanced? White-bellied Sea-Eagle knows what's good for it.

As does Intermediate Egret. Wouldn't come within 10 metres, let alone two, in the Common this morning.

Don't be a goose. Play it safe, is the way to go. 'Coz we've got a long way to go yet.



Saturday, March 21, 2020

Woodswallows would swallow whatever came their way

Aerial action aplenty as White-breasted Woodswallows compete for variety of flying prey at golf club carpark bordering Town Common Conservation Park, Townsville, yesterday.


Doesn't look terribly tasty, does it? But the woodswallows would swallow whatever came their way.

Little Kingfisher dives into spirit of isolation

Isolated myself at little wetlands next door this morning and was rewarded with Little Kingfisher diving into the spirit of...