Sunday, May 28, 2023

Spoonbill parents ignore pesky pestering

Plenty of young Royal Spoonbills pestering parents to pass on their catches around Townsville lately but they don't have any success when it's a bill-full they're after. Perhaps parents fear pests may choke on big fish. Perhaps, or perhaps such catches are too rare to share. 

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Osprey guessing games begin again

Guess what the resident Eastern Ospreys in Townsville Town Common Conservation Park are up to! Pictured quickie probably follow-up to earlier unseen breeding because pair returned to constant presence at nest some weeks ago. No prediction about outcomes. Past experience includes abandoned nests, sitting times more than double expectation and erratic feeding behaviour by the male. We'll just wait and see this year.    

Sunday, April 23, 2023

Grey Teal ducks into danger - Python tucks in

Big Water Python wraps up Grey Teal in middle of Rowes Bay Lagoon, Townsville, this morning. 

Slowly but surely the snake stretches mouth over the bird. Too slowly for me to wait for the big bulge inside snake and probable swim to more cover for the slow process of digestion.

Blue-winged Kookaburra worth two shakes

Blue-winged Kookaburra appears caught by surprise but, as they say, appearances can be deceptive. So can image processing. Thus, two lighting treatments.

Bird's spikiness comes from after vigorous shakes following bathing splash into shadowy edge of lagoon in Town Common Conservation Park, Townsville.   

Friday, March 31, 2023

Black-necked Stork lively on lagoon

Lively male Black-necked Stork highlight of another splosh across Rowes Bay Lagoon this morning. 

Little Egret flew off quickly when first approached, but tolerated much closer approach soon after.

Which seemed to give White-faced Heron confidence to stick around in same smallish pool.

Dollarbird not inclined to pose on a perch but in flying up and away made a shining departure.


Monday, March 20, 2023

Curlew overhead, crab underfoot, heron into prawn

Plenty of Bush Stone Curlews on the ground in Townsville (lately breeding in gardens close to my door) but less often caught overhead in daylight. Above, one of 36 or so put to flight as I sploshed  the other morning across Rowes Bay Lagoon, part of which backs onto my retirement village.

Even less common, mud crab - getting crabby about camera lens being thrust in its face on the same morning.

Rather better looking (unless you're into crabs) and always sounding joyously alive, Varied Honeyeater in pink climber on bank of Lower Mundy Creek, which feeds into the lagoon during super high tides or - as presently - when maintenance work requires the closing of the two large flood gates. 

Striated Herons regularly found along the creek. Not so often seen with fresh-caught prawn (or maybe shrimp?). Long mangrove tendril appears to have got caught up in heron's strike. Bird darted deep into the shadows to sort things out unseen.   

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Sacre bleu! Blind shots not Sacred blur

Sacred Kingfishers showing out in seasonal return to Town Common Conservation Park these days. Pair active bathing around Payets Tower this morning triggered some forget-the-viewfinder point, shoot and hope. And, wonder of wonders, a half decent result. 

Later in the morning, Australian Hobby returned to snatching dragonflies from near surface of Melaleuca viewing area lagoon. It also repeated previously seen hostility toward passing immature White-bellied Sea-Eagle, driving it away from the area. No such aggression toward mature bird perched nearby. 

Spoonbill parents ignore pesky pestering

Plenty of young Royal Spoonbills pestering parents to pass on their catches around Townsville lately but they don't have any success whe...