Sunday, July 14, 2019

Helmeted Friarbird tips foes through the tulips

Helmeted Friarbird takes break from chasing other birds from African Tulip Tree beside Mundy (or Mundi) Creek, Townsville, yesterday.

Other birds included jumpy juvenile White-eared Monarch.

And Little Friarbird, with liberal coating of pollen from the attractive flowers.

Pity that the tree is yet another of Australia's pest species. Far too prolific in the Wet Tropics for native trees struggling to compete with its vast seed production and superior growth rates.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The raptors are all looking down on me

White-bellied Sea-eagle takes a dim view of me possibly too close to her (probable gender) in Townsville Town Common Con. Pk today. Should be another set of eyes (juvenile) looking out from nearby nest soon.


Osprey overhead at dam wall. Several aborted plunges, two big splashes. No fish. But did see off presumed partner to female Sea-eagle.

Swamp Harrier skirmished briefly with Osprey and Sea-eagle before heading south out of their territories.

Black-shouldered Kite nowhere to be seen today. Hard stare came yesterday as I walked under dead tree much used by several raptor species near the airport fenceline.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Why is Brown Snake black and white?

Puzzling snake seen after failing in attempted cannibalism, Townsville Town Common Conservation Park, this week.


Identified for me as probable subadult Brown Snake. Sighting comes not long after my first look at a black and white Common Tree Snake (formerly Green Tree Snake). Nothing simply black and white about snake colours!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Trust him not, for here is an upstart ... Australian Raven

"Yes, trust them not, for there is an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that, with his Tygers heart wrapt in a Players hide, supposes he is as well able to bumbast out a blanke verse as the best of you; and being an absolute Johannes Factotum, is in his owne conceit the onely Shake-scene in a countrie." - Uni-educated Greene whining about the Bard's blitz of the boards. Greene wined and bawded too much, died penniless and diseased. Will died at home feted by friends and fated to become seen as the greatest. 

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Brown frown comes too close to licking chicken legs


Tried standing still as Brown Snake tracked through samphire in Townsville Town Common yesterday but stepped back as it came within a metre and - still unaware of me as potential threat - turned towards my feet. Yes, I know, some will shudder, and others say 'stupid'. But advantage of surprise was totally with me and danger all in the mind. And the final picture's worth it.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Chiming and charming - Butcherbird esPied

Townsville Common Conservation Park, bund wall, Thursday morning. Probably only Butcherbird in the park and one of two that popped up unexpectly in adjacent Cape Pallarenda Cons. Pk last month.
First of possible series - "Birds in one line'.

Helmeted Friarbird tips foes through the tulips

Helmeted Friarbird takes break from chasing other birds from African Tulip Tree beside Mundy (or Mundi) Creek, Townsville, yesterday. ...