Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Welcome lack of speed when feed is seed



Juvenile Scaly-breasted Munia (was Nutmeg Mannikin, before that, Spice Finch) tucking into seed of Para Grass - the Town Common's worst weed by area covered - in the Townsville conservation park today. No need for speed for feed of seed. Though granivores are maddeningly quick to take flight.








So too Welcome Swallows, which are also maddeningly fast and unpredictable feeding in flight on assorted insects. And feed on prey so small as to be nigh invisible. About 90 minutes in chilly southerly blasts on Sunday morning produced no quality images. The birds did however slow low over the water at times to take a slender white unidentified insect from the surface or just under the water.


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Great Egrets lead way with aerial action

Bit of an eye on the sky lately, with Great Egrets latest caught up in the air, above Townsville today.

And another dropping in on reeds - and a hidden Intermediate Egret - in the Town Common Cons. Park.

Smaller target, Horsfields (Australasian) Bushlark in flight yesterday.

Plenty of White-breasted Woodswallows in the skies recently.

But not so many sightings of immature White-bellied Sea-eagle.

And a final fluid mover, Water Rat uncommonly hunting in daylight, in the Common yesterday.

Shining moment catching up with shy Flycatcher

Chased pair of Shining Flycatchers back and forth along section of tangled mangroves at edge of small wetland (mostly dry, but muddy!) in ...