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Brown Goshawk found guilty

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Suspected for some time Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus) might be behind gradual reduction in Wandering Whistling duckling numbers.


Evidence scant - apart from bird's sneaky flights across main lagoon - till today.


The bird popped up from within a fallen tree in a drying creek near the lookout.


See the blood? Though not quite a guilty look? Clincher: finding dead duckling under the tree. Case closed!        
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Dragonfly beats bee-eaters

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Dragonfly with a sweet tooth? Maybe not so sweet. 


It made short work of honeybee - sting and all - in Tyto today.


But Rainbow Bee-eaters unlikely to resent the catch.


Seldom see them buzzing after honeybees.   
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Kingfisher quick to zoom off

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Blustery easterlies (stirring up avian memories of Yasi?) depressing bird numbers in Tyto, though Forest Kingfishers (Todiramphus macleayii) an exception.


Almost impossible to sneak up on them, the least trusting of kingfishers. Above bird alighted briefly on cyclone-damaged pandanus before spotting me on track and zooming off.
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Wandering companionably around Tyto

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Wandering Whistling-Ducks (Dendrocygna arcuata) breeding attractively in Tyto.


Just one of the species Barbara of Wildwings and Swampythings admired when we met by chance for an interesting and chatty circuit around the main lagoon this week.


Highlight was her sighting of a Little Bittern, tucked away in distant tall grass on the edge of a scleria island. Too obscured and far off for worthwhile picture.


Also chanced upon a bounding Bandicoot, but came up short on White-browed Crakes, though did hear one or two. Recent sighting above.    


AND: Coming up this way? Ignore the closed signs at info centre and gate. Shire worried about liability if visitors tumble over four or five trees still across two side tracks, or get pounced upon by snakes in ankle-high grass!
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Crocodile sticks to shallows

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'More and better another day.' I hoped!  So here's another look at my Macknade wetland 'friend'.


It's a little better. But Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) still too far away - and today wouldn't get out of the shallows. We'll keep trying ...


Meantime, two Intermediate Egrets (Ardea intermedia) scratched up from a recent Tyto walk. 


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Sunning croc not up to smiling

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No super smile at Macknade wetland near Ingham today but at least this Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) stayed sunning long enough for a few pictures.


First sighted and spooked the 2.5-3m croc after being distracted by a Brown Goshawk harassed by Willie Wagtails and Spangled Drongos.


Went back two hours later and found croc content to sit still so long as I stayed in the car, on a sugar cane track 25 metres across the water. More and better another day, I hope!  
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Wanderering ducks stay as croc whistles away

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Wandering Whistling-Ducks (Dendrocygna arcuata) amid blue and pink waterlilies at Macknade wetland near Ingham today.


Love to show the 2.5m crocodile sunning with yellow-toothed open grin at edge of same billabong, but it proved faster than the ducks.


So here's a slower reptile, a large monitor on point duty, from a recent outing.



In Tyto, Intermediate Egrets (Ardea intermedia) have returned in modest numbers.
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