Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sidling up on Brolgas - and a salty


Used the Camry hide to (s)idle up on Brolgas (Grus rubicunda) at roadside pool near Ingham today.


Immature bird even less alarmed than parent (top picture). Useless snippet: one of Australia's largest birds comes with one of shortest names.

Also looming large just down the highway, at Cattle Creek, two-metre-plus saltwater crocodile. Yesterday's picture. Today, very quick into water, possibly on to pattern in my appearances. 


Definitely non-threatening, pair of Olive-backed Sunbirds (Nectarinia jugularis) show typical cheek on tourists' campervan at Jourama Falls yesterday.


Also at Jourama, Wompoo Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus).


Bird busy defending food tree from - among others - Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus). Both species more often found in higher forest - before Cyclone Yasi.   
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3 comments:

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Tony
Love the Wompoo Pigeon.
I'll pass on the Salty, thanks.
Cheers
Denis

mick said...

Love the Brolgas - I have yet to see my first one :-( Also I haven't seen a Croc in the wild - BUT - I don't want to!

Tyto Tony said...

Give global warming a real go and you'll have salties in any mangroves near you!!!