Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
And here's a surprise. Not! Birds Cottons turned up day after I advised visitors of their rarity in the wetlands. Almost enough to make one talk of lack of Dodos, in hope they'll magic into being just to prove one wrong!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Update: Comb-crested Jacana eggs OK. No sign of the two lots of four Jacana juveniles. Probably safe in inaccessible parts of lagoon system.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Of note: three immature Dollarbirds came and went; ditto small dark Brown Goshawk
Friday, April 16, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Bad news at Shining Flycatcher nest. No sign of female for three days. Scrambled across to nest. No sign any eggs. Nest not quite fully lined. Appears male and were abandoned.
But the four young Comb-crested Jacanas continue to thrive on the lily pads out in front of the lookout.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Also good news at Shining Flycatcher nest. Female and male in evidence yesterday and today. Can't risk splashing out to nest (two metres above knee-deep water) to check for eggs for fear of scaring birds away. So, more wait and see.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Picture taken as I waited in vain for break in weather and chance to photograph Comb-crested Jacana sitting on eggs. Today, eggs gone, submerged by three days' downpours. Also missing: female Shining Flycatcher; though male showed up briefly at nest. Fingers crossed!
Bird in the hand worth two in the bush, so what's a snake-in-hand worth? Not two in the grass. Palmful of foul fluids, that's what...
Never seen a snake cry? Small Keelback (Freshwater Snake) appears to offer a tear upon seeing me today. But the dewdrop was deceptive....
Nine o'clock and pre-midnight fireworks for families boom in the background. What can compete? Too far from poles to dream of...
Isn't Santa just Christmas? Asked North Pole person (PC post!) to magic iffy shot of Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher and Ho Ho Ho jo...