Sunday, November 29, 2020

Tawny Frogmouth nears end of sitting down on the job


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. 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Lucky call closes months of taking it on the chin

Having taken months of failure on the chin, got lucky when visitor to Payets Tower innocently checked call of species eluding me and there, close above - a Black-chinned Honeyeater. One of three on the morning, all typically shifting almost nonstop through the paperbarks just outside the tower. Eighty frames and just the one worth keeping. If at first you don't succeed . . . 


Monday, November 9, 2020

Wandering Whistling Duck takes care to the air

Adult Wandering Whistling Duck dragging its feet at Melaleuca viewing area in the Town Common Conservation Park. Flight never intended to go far because of the need to look after six immatures the parents have been shepherding among the water lilies. For more than two weeks the Whistlers and 6-7 Jacanas had the area much to themselves. As other pools hard by to the north have dried an assorted 200-400 ducks, teal, ibises, lapwings and lesser standouts have moved in. No rarities as yet, but fingers crossed . . .

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, ...