Friday, December 31, 2010

Pick of the day, pic of the year

Final Tyto stroll for 2010 found one Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton) standing out among the usual plenty. Sometimes the bird is only part of the picture. 

Too much to expect hyperactive Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus) to adopt artistic pose. Sprayed sedge an unwanted species.

Much easier to catch Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis) in front of hide. Nest nearing completion.

Female Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris) stayed in paperbark just long enough for quick shot.

Finally, two images to wrap up the year:

Brown-backed Honeyeater (Ramsayornis modestus) in paperbark by Tyto hide.

And my picture of 2010, Striated Heron (Butorides striata) with muddy catch near a coastal boat ramp.   
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PSYL said...

Great photo series to conclude 2010. First and last are my favorite - great composition and action. Really interesting tail on that Crimson Finch.

Duncan said...

Happy New Year and keep up the great work.

Tyto Tony said...

Hi PSYL: Crimsons' long, sharp tails help ID the species in worst of light. Talking of which, wouldn't mind some of your clear blue skies - without freezing cold, of course.

Greetings, Duncan. May a rare odo or two stop by near you in 2011.

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Tony
You appear to have escaped the worst of the floods of last year, which are still flowing down the Fitzroy.
But this year is very young.
Lovely finish to the last year.
My vote goes to the Striated Heron, but I would still prefer to call it a Mangrove Bittern!
That makes me sound like Duncan with his preference for the old Orchid names!
Best wishes for 2011.

TonyC said...

Happy new year tony. I agree with your choice - the heron pic is a stunner. Hope all goes well for you in 2011

Anonymous said...

Lovely round up for the year Tony - good to see the Rufous-throated Honeyeater making another effort. Good wishes from us both for a healthy and happy 2011.

We have Frogmouth back in same tree on same 'nest' - perhaps one more try for this breeding season?

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Denis: From Emerald down certainly copping it. If there's some consolation it must be that the vast spending on repairs and repurchases will serve as a huge economic stimulus.

Thanks Tony, and all the best to you for 2011.

Hi Barbara: Best wishes to you both, and here's hoping for more Frogmouths.

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