Saturday, August 28, 2010

Pretty Pitta prompts pity parade

Finding birds is one thing, getting good images another. Few hours in Boardwater State Forest Park, west of Ingham, finally brought close views of Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor). But most obscured, or facing away - or flash recharge too slow. Trying again soon.

Flushed this immature Nankeen Night-Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) to rain tree at some treatment ponds. Short pursuit to paperbarks ended with bird quitting the scene. Not likely to see bird in same spot again.

Unlike White-browed Crake (Amaurornis cinerea), near Tyto hide yesterday. Birds regularly move out on to water lily leaves. Scleria, sedge and grasses often intrude but there's always tomorrow.

Plenty of Varied Trillers (Lalage leucomela) in Tyto. Not so often almost on the ground picking up nest material. Pity then bird proved sharper than lens.

To end, caught this Northern Fantail (Rhipidura rufiventris) with mouth full recently. Sadly, the prey stayed in the way. 
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Duncan said...

Top stuff Tony, as always, cheers mate.

Luuuuuua said...

superbe fotografii

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Duncan: Good to hear from you and see you are getting out and about again. Hope weather brighter down your way than the miserable cloud and drizzle we've been stuck with lately.

Thank uuuuuu, L6a

mick said...

I especially like the Heron - it looks quite startled! Must have been the camera :-)

Tyto Tony said...

Just keeping a beady eye on me!

After last year's monster floods, the herons bred in huge numbers and for some time 50-60 immatures could be seen at Cattle Creek just south of Ingham. No such numbers this year.

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