Thursday, September 26, 2019
Monday, September 16, 2019
Just an hour before above image was taken the male tucking into unidentified lunch in TownsvilleTown Common Conservation Park was seen carrying large fish or turtle away from Freshwater area. But instead of flying to above nest the bird crossed the wetland and soared on thermal up and over ridge of Many Peaks range. It reappeared minutes later without prey and stooped without luck upon Magpie Geese on distant pool before being lost track of. Seems it later brought another catch to the nest - and ripped into it without any sign of sharing. Or ... or there may be a third breeding pair I'm unaware of and above male may have case for suit against me.
A notable difference between the two breeding pairs has been the many noisy vocal interchanges I've heard for about three months between the above juvenile's parents and near total silence from the top picture's adults. Perhaps explainable by close proximity of the silent birds' nest to a well-used walking/cycling track. Or not.
Friday, September 13, 2019
Lucky me, catching some of the catches at Melaleuca viewing area, Townsville Town Common Conservation Park this morning.
Sunday, September 8, 2019
And the bigger bill. But not in young birds.
And in the calls. But not to most ears.
Makes a difference knowing all this, doesn't it? No? Well, no matter. The birds don't care anyway.
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Bird in the hand worth two in the bush, so what's a snake-in-hand worth? Not two in the grass. Palmful of foul fluids, that's what...
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...