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Closing in on Red-backed Fairy-wren

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More images in the quest for one that does full justice to the male Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus). Getting better, but . . . Click pix to enlarge

Catch and catch again

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Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) plays catch and catch again. Too far off and lousy angle, but typical handling of tricky prey by many bird species.
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Bittern in the light: owl in the night

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Four Black Bitterns (Ixobrychus flavicollis) in Tyto today but no image to match the above, taken from the highway at a temporary pool near Ingham the other morning.
Another image standing around for a bit, Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia), atop a Leichhardt tree.
And a little night visitor to the caravan park a while back, young Barking Owl (Ninox connivens) waits for parent to bring in some dinner. Click pix to enlarge

Keeping track of some little things

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A few images from Tyto tracks, starting with young Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) yesterday calling for the cleanup squad.
Rock Dove (Columba livia) looks a little lost near entrance today. Leg band dated 2010 carries ID ending in 579013.
Dragonfly (Orthetrum villosovittatum) perches over temporary pool beside entry track.


Small Carpet Snake (Morelia spilota) on mown track gives an ant a lift, and the lens a threatening stare. Click pix to enlarge

On the wing, and under it

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One of fluctuating hundreds of Wandering Whistling-Ducks (Dendrocygna arcuata) on the main lagoon these days takes a turn near the Tyto lookout. Plenty of Plumed Whistlers too, but usually clustered on grassy banks of new lagoons near the info centre.
Young White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) about to make brief touchdown near the lookout. Interesting that one- to two-year? bird caused no alarm among the many birds on the water, very different from reaction mature eagles usually provoke. But perhaps there’s something about eagles’ in-flight behaviour that signals either malign or benign intent.     
Nothing much malign about Spotted (Turtle-) Dove (Streptopelia chinensis), showing delicate colouring on rail in the morning sun. Not universally loved because regarded as pushy import (1860-1920), at least the mostly suburban species no longer is tagged an STD.     Click pix to enlarge

Female Little Bittern takes turn

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Series of calls between two Australian Little Bitterns (Ixobrychus dubius) today before this female appeared near hide.

She ignored all my calls to get out from behind cover. Click pix to enlarge

Little Bittern makes contact

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Lots of contact calls between two or three Australian Little Bitterns (Ixobrychus dubius) today before this male appeared near hide.
Ignored all my calls to get out from behind cover. Click pix to enlarge

Rare beauty drops in: rarity drops out

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Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) dropped in to grace main Tyto lagoon yesterday, first such visit since 2009. Gone today.
Not so with White-browed Crake (Amaurornis cinerea), though many more active yesterday – including some little black chicks – than today.
Amid such clear beauty two mystery birds - one terrible image above. Sheeny navy blue and brown coloration. Strongly marked but strangely different in each of the briefly glimpsed birds. Stare at image. Penny drops: subadult male Eastern Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus). Swan proves only rare beauty of the day. Click pix to enlarge

Goose and fish done to a turn

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Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata) – one of trio probably nesting deep in scleria in main lagoon – takes a turn below the Tyto lookout over the weekend.   

Down the road, Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) takes turn with fish whose goose is cooked. Immature bird feeding daily in shallowing pool beside highway. Click pix to enlarge

Heron in shabby yabby grabby

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Shabby image in Tyto yesterday as immature Nankeen Night-Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) nabs a yabby: first live - for 10 seconds – cray prey I’ve come across.
Young bird active lately and relatively approachable. Unlike the Black Bitterns, which have been haunting same hunting grounds, but much more warily. Click pix to enlarge

Closer look at little beauty

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Usually shy, Green Pygmy-goose (Nettapus pulchellus) allowed closer look on main lagoon this week.

Also sitting quietly, Wandering Whistling-Ducks (Dendrocygna arcuata). Click pix to enlarge

Stalking, talking, walking, gawking

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Yellow-breasted Boatbill (Machaerirhynchus flaviventer) one of the species these days making Jourama Falls (30km south of Ingham) and its compact section of riverine forest an attractive stalking ground.


Having a resident population of Noisy Pittas (Pitta versicolor) is a talking point.


Though they seldom make the swim landing a walking point.


And it's not every day one finds a Little Shrike-Thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha) up close and gawking.
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