Nothing a little manny likes in the morny more than a generous slurp of green slime, as shown by Nutmeg Mannikin (Lonchura punctulata) in Tyto yesterday.
Champion stuff also for Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaneothorax). Funnily, finches appear to have no appetite for pond scum. No accounting for taste. (Such as mine for Marmite, victim of the Christchurch quake tragedies. Toast won't be the same till supply is restored. Vegemite doesn't cut it. Doesn't even spread!) Click pix to enlarge
Oops, look what's turned up sprucing up and showing up the Tyto 'expert', an immature Pale-vented Bush-hen (Amaurornis moluccana). Long views yesterday and again this morning beside a creek pool. And all after telling visiting birdos the hens all went south or west and wouldn't be back till October. Perhaps this bird couldn't fly with the others. Are there even more hiding silently in the tangles? Sorry, Ed, Mike, Hugh. Click pix to enlarge
Happy run of Australian Little Bittern (Ixobrychus dubius) sightings for two mornings. Much successful fishing action, though from about 60 metres away so not so great photographically. And no way short of boat to get closer. Anyone got a 600mm lens to spare?
Elsewhere in Tyto the birds have been persisting in popping up on perches short of ideal. Thus, Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus), definitely not poster-perfect.
Australian Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus australis) lands on the wrong stem.
Tawny Grassbird (Megalurus timoriensis) won't quit the guava tangles.
And White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone albogularis) too high and mighty to pose at my level. But I love 'em all anyway. Click pix to enlarge
Uncommon stranger turning up yesterday in Tyto was this large Eastern Barn Owl (Tyto javanica), my first daytime sighting of the species in eight years in the wetlands. Moved on a couple of times before sitting in a paperbark for several minutes. Not keen on me getting too close. And no sign of the bird today.
Just down the highway and no uncommon stranger, this maturing Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) has taken to haunting a big roadside spoon drain, ignoring passing traffic, yet seldom allowing cameras this close. Must have memories of past feasts though rich pickings lately would seem unlikely as area dries out. Click pix to enlarge
Black bill identifies male Bower's Shrike-Thrush (Colluricincla boweri) near Wallaman Falls today. Had not seen species in the area till this month, though altitude (above 400m) and rainforest habitat always seemed right. Slightly cooler temperatures lately may have played a part.
From an earlier stint in almost the same small patch of forest, Yellow-breasted Boatbill (Machaerirhynchus flaviventer). Not too sharp, but pretty enough. Click pix to enlarge
Parts of Broadwater State Forest are crowded with campers this Easter after being reopened for the first time since Cyclone Yasi roared through in February 2011. Sadly, the rainforest boardwalk and circular track to a giant fig tree will remain closed for much longer.
So, from the edge of the forest yesterday, Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis) shows willingness to greet the holiday horde.
Took a bit a bush-bashing to catch this young Spectacled Monarch (Symposiarchus trivirgatus) chasing after prey.
Though there are Large-billed Scrubwren (Sericornis magnirostra) at Broadwater bird above was foraging higher up at Wallaman Falls the other day.
And following a day after previous post, here's a wonderful Wandering Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna arcuata) in Tyto. Click pix to enlarge
Ugly ducklings seldom transform as sexy swans. But sodden bird above will, fate willing, one day be a wonderful Wandering Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna arcuata).
Might be asking a lot of fate for all 20-plus in this mob on the main Tyto lagoon yesterday to reach maturity. Hard, too, to keep track of them as pink lotus takes over much of the lagoon. Do my best.
Did my best to capture this female Australian Little Bittern (Ixobrychus dubius) as she flew with shrill calls from scleria and crossed the lagoon in front of me the other day. Missed - as Max Smart would say - by just 'that' much. Click pix to enlarge