Thursday, May 7, 2015

Lovebird Cockatiels brighten my morning

Love birds? I'll say! Lovebirds? Not in cages, thank you. So lovely to see uncommon visitor Cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus) lovebirding and feeding beside coastal road near Ingham today.

First of species I've seen for several years.

Male sports lighter head and brighter colouring.

Female shows delicate grey barring under tail.

Just what roadsides everywhere need to brighten them up.

Earlier, had less luck seeking better picture of even rarer visitor, female Australian Painted Snipe (Rostratula australis). Found this mate of male (featured in previous posts) amid mangroves the other morning. Today, no trace. 

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