Friday, August 31, 2012

Collared Kingfisher makes a collar


Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) allowed closer approach as it waited patiently for prey along the Lucinda sandsspit today.


Proved bit too quick on the pounce.


But later adopted driftwoody pose.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mangrove residents resist perfect collar


Not the prime target of recent treks along the Lucinda sandspit, Mangrove Honeyeater (Lichenostomus fasciogularis) stands as sole partial success.

Resident pair of Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) stubbornly resist all entreaties to sit still within camera shot. And drizzle and brisk breeze didn't help today's effort above.

Better tidiings lately from Tyto, with Little Kingfisher (Ceyx pusilla) returning to fish off the lotus heads ...

... and one Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) allowing a closer approach.
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Sunbird more sweetness than fight


Female Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis) looks around for partner after seeing off another pair in mild early morning stoush.

Good thing the bill is more about sweetness than fight.  
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Adorning our Structures


Drizzle dribbles off the caravan, grey gloom continues, laptop chores sort of done ... time to cook up stew of leftovers, but with grandiose theme: Adorning our Structures

Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus): Broadwater Forest Park rail

Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii): Tyto Wetlands elevated walkway

Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis): Orient Station fence

Striated Heron (Butorides striata): Dungeness rail

Great Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii): Dungeness rail

Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus): Orient Station fence
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Yellow-billed Spoonbill stands out



Uncommon species in Tyto, Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes) stands out on paperbark limb, near front lagoons this week. Another of species seen today near Orient Station, with two Royal Spoonbills.


But most Brolga (Grus rubicunda) have quit the coastal pastures, probably all up on the Atherton Tablelands, unlike bird above, near roadside pool today.


Also near road, Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris), one of nine raptor species spotted this morning along Orient Road, though above picture taken a wee while back.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Swallows make visitors welcome


Welcome Swallows (Hirundo neoxena) happily share 'their' Dungeness wharf with visitors who  keep their distance.

Stand around long enough and the distance decreases.

But it's hard on decrepit knees crawling even closer. 
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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Thick-knees stand alone


Plenty of blue sky and the lightest of breezes made the Lucinda sandspit a joy today, though the local Beach Thick-knee (Esacus magnirostris) pair refused to stand for a picture together.

Same story the other day with the Taylor Beach pair just down coast.
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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Whistler faces bumper problem


Male Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris) faces bumper headache.


Rival sits within chromework of the Toyota beast in Tyto carpark today.


Interloping Rufous refuses to come out and fight.


Local hero can't get in. Stalemate. Towels thrown in: over the bumper. Harmony restored.
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