Tuesday, June 17, 2014
How's Tyto going these days?
How's Tyto going these days? I'm glad you asked. View west from the lookout tracks female Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) crossing scleria islands and channel in the main lagoon. (Late April flooding washed huge amounts of weed from the lagoon.)
Uncommon sighting yesterday, male Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus regina) wouldn't have found much to eat in this Euodia: the trees flowered months ago. Even rarer yesterday was an immature male Scarlet Honeyeater, first listing of the species in Tyto. Too quick for me to photograph and a no-show today.
Not rare but seldom seen feeding deep within trees along the creekline, White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis) takes a turn as insectivore.
No chance of Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) ever turning beak up at insects and taking to dining on pollen.
Ending the quick tour with two looks at larger birds gradually returning to the main lagoon:
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)
Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta)
And a final mile(kilometre)stone: slow speed ahead as odo on the Troopy (Toyota landcruiserus) ticks over to a splendidly round number.
Getting ready for takeoff, male Black-necked Stork lightens the load at Melaleuca viewing area, Town Common, Townsville this morning. ...
Never seen a snake cry? Small Keelback (Freshwater Snake) appears to offer a tear upon seeing me today. But the dewdrop was deceptive....
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