Monday, January 2, 2012

Stalking, talking, walking, gawking

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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4 comments:

Snail said...

Must've been a quiet day at the swimming spot or are the pittas getting cheekier?

Russell said...

Love the boatbill. I didn't know Australia had any. Super photos of the others too.

Denis Wilson said...

Starting off at a hot pace, I see Tony.
How are you going to keep it up?
That first Pitta shot (singing its head off) is remarkable.
Boatbills are beyond my knowledge.
Almost too bright to be a proper Rainforest bird. (Or does it work the other way?)
The darker the environment, the brighter the bird has to be?
(except for Shrike Thrushes and female Whistlers?)
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Cheers
Denis

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Bronwyn: Didn't want bird on manmade site, but it wouldn't pitter-patter elsewhere before flying into tree.

Hi Russell: Just one of our little marvels.

Hi Denis: Flash brings out colours. Birds just vanish in upper foliage, where they spend much of their time.