Thursday, December 31, 2020
Or stay soft and a bit downy? Downy? Mmm, doesn't sound the best direction to take, does it? Sharp and up it is then.
Friday, December 25, 2020
So, settled in for daily look-in on Barking Owls and Tawny Frogmouths pairs that began breeding in late October. Tawny Frogmouth male sat in clear view from scores of walkers and drivers daily passing by in Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park. Female Barking Owl settled inside big hollow stump in Townsville Town Common Conservation Park, watched over by male. Weeks go by, tick males' presence each day. Day 50 comes and goes. Nothing changes at or near nests. Then it does. Male owl not on duty. Male frogmouth not on nest. Sneaky scrape on owl nest trunk. No female owl appears. Gone. Check all about frogmouth nest. Male on nearby branch. With female, suddenly there after 50 days unseen. No youngsters. Lesson? No sure things in nature. Better luck next year perhaps. Though owls have now failed three years running.
So, to the pictures. There's me, out from behind binos. But beware. It's not the real me. Look closely, it's me flipped. Left is really right because picture is shot via mirror in local cemetery (no, I've no idea why toilet block has external mirror).
The birds just get on with life, the watcher feels an ironic and somewhat chastening hollowness.
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Male Tawny Frogmouth casual look at things from vantage point in Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park. Been sitting all month, on daytime duty. Female should be close by, to take over the night shift. But search of the area has turned up nothing. Should be seeing her sometime soon, all going well.
Friday, November 20, 2020
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Monday, November 9, 2020
Friday, October 23, 2020
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Much easier on the spine catching Nankeen Night-Heron doing daytime flyover this morning.
Even simpler, walk up close and talk to obliging Pelican.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Monday, October 5, 2020
Still waiting for my pre-ordered in-demand mirrorless Canon R5 camera rushed to market to do battle with Sony's groundbreaking A9. Both offer super fast autofocus on the eye (not sure how systems cope with two - and more - eyes). Anyway, above, some recent eyes, sharp enough even though shot without latest whizzbangery.
Friday, September 25, 2020
Irony is that both birds are now unconcerned by anyone approaching them, and the nest tree.
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Whistling Kite finds Magpie Lark whistling down the other day and clearly wishing it elsewhere.
Action came over Rowes Bay Golf Course, close to water hazard residence adopted by two-metre Saltwater Crocodile.
Which has thus far failed to greet me with toothy grin. We live in hope. But keep a safe distance.
Also living in hope, fluttering for prey over nearby salvinia-laden hazard, another Magpie Lark.
And steering clear of the croc's pool, Magpie Goose poses as prettily as the species can manage.
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Friday, August 21, 2020
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Gidday. Just flying up this track and thought I'd drop in and have a dekko for bit of brekkie. Scared? Why'd I be scared of you, sta...
White-faced Heron stands up and begs picture be taken at Tyto. The birds can develop some trust in people, but I've never found any aro...
So, too many Spotted Whistling Ducks lately? No, wait, this isn't yet another one on the new borrow pits in the Townsville Town Common...
Here's to taking flight for 2021. Just have to get these wing things up and flapping a bit more. Big decision to make first. Is it bette...