Saturday, October 29, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin drops in to seek seeds.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
And males proving as always extremely difficult to capture in all their black and red glory.
Also active around the hide and elsewhere, Olive-backed Sunbird. Above, male yet to come into full breast colour.
And a Yellow Honeyeater showing off briefly on same paperbark branch in front of hide.
Monday, October 17, 2016
And what else is in the Ingham water? Fluoride, that's what. And that's as it should be. But yet again the flat-earthers are battering at the shire's door, demanding its removal. What care they that 99% of health and science is for fluoridation, they all know ... what? Scary, how little might hide behind three little dots!
Monday, October 10, 2016
And there have been teasing calls - mainly from afar, once quite near - from Australian Little Bittern/s. More luck. Today's sighting of female and male could not have been made from the hide. Distant picture above of male with treefrog (probably Peron's - usually brownish, but as with many frogs able to change colour) came as I was returning after quick check on nesting fantails and sunbathing python.
More luck. Walk to Northern Fantail nest led me to almost step on Large-tailed Nightjar. Blur of brown before my eyes and much diversionary fluttering followed.
Bird kept trying to lure me away. I kept trying to locate egg/s/hatchling/s, oh so cryptic and laid or lying near the track. We both failed. But all the time being taken produced the lucky sighting of the bitterns.
So, just for luck I'll throw in a few more from the latest Tyto outings, starting with Brown-backed Honeyeater.
And ever-present Crimson Finch, female chomping weed seeds.
Solitary Sulphur-crested Cockatoo sitting a while before beginning to chomp chucks out of perch.
And Common Koel male taking break from noisy advertising for females. But he'll probably get lucky. Just not so lucky as this watcher.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
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....
Nine o'clock and pre-midnight fireworks for families boom in the background. What can compete? Too far from poles to dream of...
Isn't Santa just Christmas? Asked North Pole person (PC post!) to magic iffy shot of Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher and Ho Ho Ho jo...