Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 235 - Apostlebird

When I started this post I realised that was the second bird in a few posts where the common name has religious overtones - just a coincidence!

These are Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea).  We were stopped in Katherine in the Northern Territory when I saw a flock of about 20 or 30 of these birds feeding in a small park.  I quick dash over the road was in order.

The Apostlebird is common in some place on the eastern side of Australia - but you tend to find lots, or none at all.  Katherine must be a 'lots' place.  These birds were feeding in an area of grass that went from deep shade to bright sunshine in a few paces, which made photographing groups of them a bit of a challenge!  The speed at which they move did not help either!

Apostlebirds are one of a number of species in Australia that breed in groups built around one breeding pair.  Most of the other birds in the group are termed 'helpers' and are normally either the offspring of the pair, or closely related kin.  Interestingly, some birds that are unrelated to the breeding pair are sometimes found in the group.

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Monday, 23 January 2017

Just hanging around!

I gave myself a new toy for Christmas - a trail-cam.  After a few false starts I got some footage of this  chap hanging around in the garden!

This is Brush-Tailed Possum. They are about the same size as most cats - although smaller than ours!

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 234 - Plumed Whistling-duck

Any of you who have followed at my blog for a while now cannot have escaped noticing that I rather like ducks.  To misquote Winnie the Pooh, nobody can be uncherred by a duck.

These ducks are Plumed Whistling-ducks, which were great to see and made even better by the golden hour light in which they were standing. They are most common in the north of Australia, but they do get further south - especially after heavy rains.

Its scientific name is Dendrocygna eytoni, which means Eyton's Tree-Swan - with Mr. Eton being a famous English ornithologist.  (Who I have never heard of!)

I rather like the picture with the duck looking up to the sky - either looking for predators or expressing despair at the number of photographers about.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Never Smile .........

As I was working on some of the many pictures I took 'up north' I found these crocodile images  I had overlooked.

I thought I would share them, just to remind people that Australia is not all colourful birds and big spiders, there are crocs too!

I'm not really sure how big this croc is - big enough I would say!

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