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Thank you for dropping by to check out my blog. You will see a lot of other Blogs about birds I follow down the left hand side. I strongly encourage you to check some of these out as well, they are entertaining and I love to see birds from all over the world, I hope you do too.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Top End Birds Part 1

It is the time of year for a Top End visit and the birds have been very happy to flock together and display some of their numbers and fantastic colouring. Here is a short selection to start with:

Rainbow Bee-eaters

Bush Stone-curlew

Double-barred Finch

Lemon-bellied Flycatcher

Sacred Kingfisher

Black Kites - ALL of Them!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Bourke's Parrots

Over the past few months I have been lucky enough to drive past a location that has been very consistent in providing fairly close-up experiences with Bourke's Parrots. A few weeks ago I stopped at the same spot and couldn't locate them. This happened again the following week. But last week, they were back and between the 7 parrots I saw, only a couple kept clear of me, although there was a fair bit of foliage in between. The males are photos 1, 2 and 4, the female below (photo 3) has the less vibrantly coloured feathers.

Bourke's Parrot

Monday, 15 June 2015

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, and some other local Alice Springs birds photos

Alice Springs experienced a dramatic change in weather on Saturday, it hailed. Very unusual for our area. there was a big build up of clouds and one of the cloud colours was a pinky colour, which I now suspect to have been the hail forming cloud (photo below). One change in the area after the rain was the plethora of birds that have suddenly appeared.

One of these was a beautiful female Red-tailed Black Cockatoo out at Simpsons Gap. There were a lot of other small birds around as well, lots of Thornbills and a first sighting for me this year - a Redthroat. Here are a selection of photos from the weekend.

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo 

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill

Mulga Parrot

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

Spotted Dove

White-plumed Honeyeater

Hail Cloud

Friday, 12 June 2015

Birds of Prey Bonanza - photos

Over the past week I have been very fortunate to see and observe a number of Birds of Prey.
Apart from the Grey Falcon experience I mentioned in the previous post, the area west of Alice Springs has been a BoP watcher’s paradise. From the sheer awe of a close-up encounter with a Wedge-tailed Eagle, the exhilaration of hearing the whoosh of a Black Falcon swooping prey only ten feet away, the variety of “sentry” alarm calls echoing across the “killing fields”, to the gentle soaring of a Black-breasted Buzzard and the almost trance-like slow flapping of the Spotted Harrier. The speed demons – Peregrine Falcon and Australian Hobby, the stealth of the Brown Goshawk and the Collard Sparrowhawk, and the hover-crafters – the Nankeen Kestrel and the Black-shouldered Kite. The Whistling and Black Kites, common but still delightful to watch and hear, and finally the inquisitive Little Eagle. All in a week. All different. All inspiring. All large (in bird terms) and generally easy to spot in the sky.

The following is a range of photographs I’ve managed over the past week. I hope you enjoy,

Wedge-tailed Eagle

 Australian Hobby

Black Falcon

Black-breasted Buzzard

Brown Falcon

Brown Goshawk

Collared Sparrowhawk

Little Eagle

Nankeen Kestrel with 9 Willie Wagtails

Spotted Harrier

 Whistling Kite