Saturday, May 23, 2009

Woodswallow finds good swallow

Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus) takes a break from hunting out insects in the coarse bark of a rain tree. The birds do not spend much time in Tyto  and usually catch their prey on the wing, going to ground on occasion. Bit surprising to see one acting like a treecreeper (lacking in Tyto), such foraging left mainly to Little Shrike-Thrushes.

No surprise to see Red-backed Fairy-Wren (Malurus melanocephalus). But this bird stood out enticingly from the dark background. And, almost no post-processing! Not so with male below - trying to attract females with red lure.
Couldn't get close enough for super sharpness. But splendid weather this week has brought the small birds out, so there'll be better shots to come.

Plenty of White-browed Robins (Poecilodryas superciliosa) sounding in the groves. Not so easy, though, catching up with them on or near the ground. 

Simple enough to catch Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia) on the ground. This fly-by from yesterday marks a sharper in-flight effort. May the blue-sky days long continue! 


Mike said...

I love your woodswallow photo. Gorgeous!

Tyto Tony said...

Thanks Mick.

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