Friday, September 25, 2020

Osprey togetherness bears fish but no fruit

Touch of uncommon togetherness lately for Eastern Ospreys (female on right) near their nest in Townsville's Town Common Conservation Park.

Beginning a second breeding cycle for 2020 - after four months ago abruptly quitting incubation at another nest nearby - the birds were seldom together except when swapping incubation roles. Or on the rare occasion the male (above, landing on favoured perch) brought a fish to the nest.

Such closeness stopped some weeks ago. Unable to see into the nest, I hoped the female (above, early this week) was carrying fish back to feed young, which by my reckoning should have been near fully-fledged.

Events yesterday slammed the door on such hope. No birds near nest early on. Later in morning male arrived with fish. Landed in dead tree away from nest (above). Began to eat. Half and hour later the female arrived, with fish. Landed on branch apart in same dead tree. Ate fish. Neither paid any attention to the nest. Conclusion follows that for whatever reasons there will be no young for this pair this year. 

Irony is that both birds are now unconcerned by anyone approaching them, and the nest tree. 

  

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Magpie Lark whistles down upon Kite


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

Fish rounds on hungry egret

Last spin for fish rounding out action after being snatched by busy Intermediate Egret from waters of lagoon in Palmetum Botanical Gardens, ...