Monday, February 14, 2011

Farewell images of some Yasi survivors

Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus) in guinea grass at lookout heads today's last Tyto images for a time. Overdue NZ spell starts tomorrow. 

Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris) on a cheesewood branch. Easy to find the birds not blasted away by Cyclone Yasi, given defoliation of 50-75% most trees, though few knocked over. 

Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (Meliphaga notata) searches for insect life surviving in the limited leafage.

Business as usual for young Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea). The  species one of a few undiminished by Yasi. 

Also surviving in usual numbers, White-browed Crake (Amaurornis cinerea), though above image not from today's final walk through the still-flooded wetlands. 

So we say a fond farewell to Tyto. Return date uncertain. Hoping for some birding in the Land of the Long White Cloud. Bye for now ...    
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Snail said...

Look forward to your return. And some pics from NZ, of course.

Bon voyage.

mick said...

Nice photos for a farewell post! The young Jacana is very cute. Enjoy NZ!

Tyto Tony said...

Thanks. Bronwen, Mick. Hope birds prove more reliable than slack travel agent and blundering bank. The joys of travel! Could be worse, watched Handful of Dust last night. Imagine reading Dickens to your jungle jailer for all your days.

geoff from barham said...

It sounds like the wetland got a fair ol' beating. I hope it has resuscitated somewhat by the time you return. May your journey also restore your soul.

Rae said...

Sad to see you go Tony. You've been great to have around and chat with. Make sure you come back sometime. Have put your notebooks away safe just in case. Hope you enjoy your trip home.

Pteropus said...

Thanks for sharing a great blog with us. All the best and hope to see more from you in the future.

Gouldiae said...

Have a good one Tony.

Last straw too much for Double-barred Finch

Townsville Common Cons. Pk, track to Jacana hide, today. Flew off a second later with lighter load.