Becoming a bit of a crawler lately. Getting down isn't too hard, but age shows in the creaky rising. And there are certain mounds of material best avoided. But those same mounds come in handy, as above for Australasian Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae).
Plenty of the same in dusty territory of Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), another local at Mungalla Station.
As also is this Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis), in a greener part of the station.
Want to identify Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)? Easy. Look for the black bill. Unless, as above, the bird is new-fledged.
And yellow under the feet. Good luck with that one. Impossible to be sure of such a colour even when the bird does its best to help, as today at Orient Station.
Another uncommon sight at the station, two days ago, more than 30 Australian Pratincole (Stiltia isabella) feeding beside and in shallows receding after the final act of this season's Wet. Today, only two Pratincoles to be seen.
Sighted this Amethyst Python (Morelia amethistina) three days ago near one of the kingfisher haunts in Tyto Wetlands.
Yesterday found the snake still digesting big meal (large lump at top of image) and still in quiet sunlit patch of blady grass. Then noticed significant injury: large blade of bark sticking out of jagged tear in flank.
Picked back half of snake up, pulled bark free and released patient to glide off into the grass. With luck the wound will heal. Note insect life: putative maggots just above torn flesh, and insect (first image) near eye.
And here's the Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azureus) I've been chasing. No flies on this one.
When you want them to fly they won't, and when you want them to sit they don't.
Focussed on distant White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) in Tyto today with determined effort to get exposure spot on and then add 1.4x converter and see what changed. All locked up on tripod.
No reason for bird to take off, so of course it did.
Tried to follow by panning on ball and socket and failed miserably.
Had I been hand-holding camera and asking bird to fly there'd have been the standard 20-30 minutes of two lives on hold: and I always lose that game.
Seems timing of the wet spells this season has not been to benefit of Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton), though above maturing male looks to be coming along nicely.
Fewer young birds around Ingham and the juveniles are popping up in ones and twos rather than threes and fours to a family.
Better days for Australasian Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae), popping up in healthy numbers on grazing properties everywhere in the area.
One of the important soil inputs makes a top vantage point.
Among the reed beds at the Orient Station the other day, Brolga (Grus rubicunda) pair had been joined yesterday by more than 30 others stalking prey in the pasture. Probably be hundreds on the coastal stations soon.
Wash my face and brush my teeth? What am I, a clean freak? The shiny new skin's starting to come through. And I'll grow all the new teeth I need, thank you very much. A bit of gunky saliva never hurt anyone. Bugger off and leave me be.