Notes to readers of this Blog


NOTES TO READERS OF THIS BLOG

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.
Cheers,
Richard

Friday, 24 October 2014

Photos of birds, scenery and reptiles from Mt Liebig to Glen Helen

There were some enjoyable photo opportunities on the drive back from Mt Liebig to Alice Springs. Here are a few photos I took between Mt Liebig and Glen Helen.














Monday, 20 October 2014

Some photos from the past week or so of birds around the Centre

I have been a bit lax in posting so I thought I'd put a collection from the past week or so around Central Australia. There are so many birds nesting and feeding as well as lots of juveniles around the place, sometimes making it hard to identify species, or which way to look. This is not confined to smaller or larger birds, they all seem to be enjoying the abundant food, both non-bird food like grass seeds, and prey for the larger birds. The sun is baking the middle of Australia, and the reptiles are out as well, so the larger birds have a pretty good menu at the moment.

The following birds are in no particular order, but the raptors are big favourites in my family so I'll start with a few of them:

Australian Hobby


Young Black-shouldered Kite

Australasian Grebes giving me the rear view

Major Mitchell Cockatoo letting me know it was thinking what I was thinking

Young Mistletoebird demanding some food, even if it was greens!


Spinifex Pigeon pretending to be a rock


Cockatiels, Cockatiels, Cockatiels .. they're everywhere, they're everywhere,. just a few, hundred that is, oh and I took some photos

Was driving into the sun along Larapinta Drive, about 13 kms west of Simpsons Gap, when I saw a large flock rise above the trees. At first I thought it must have been Masked Woodswallows as the sorts of numbers fitted their profile. As I go closer, I noticed other varieties as well, as well as a few birds of prey. Naturally, as you do, I slowed and stopped, grabbed the camera andwent to check it out. The noise was incredible. Cockatiels everywhere, as well as Budgerigars, Zebra Finches, honeyeaters, and watching all from above was a quiet Whistling Kite, sitting on its nest. Next moment, the smaller birds scatter to every direction and the Cockatiels flee to the sky. I watch as an Australian Hobby zooms through the air, just above the ground, failing this time in an attempt to score a meal. The birds slowly return to the same spot and I notice there is a small hollow in the creek bed and there is some water. Should have known really, anywhere around at the moment where water is available is a magnet for the seed eaters and predators alike. I stayed for only about 10 minutes but managed a few photos.

Cockatiels








Friday, 17 October 2014

A pair of Brown Goshawks, including size comparison photos of male and female

I ran into a pair of Brown Goshawks recently and was a little stunned at the size difference between the larger female, and the male. I know this is not uncommon, but the male almost looks like a different species. The pair is nesting near Alice Springs and after catching the morning feed, the female ate, then preened, then seemed to check her under sides (was wondering if her water had broken :-) ), and then flew to the nest, while the male pretty much stayed in the same spot the entire time.









"I think my waters broke!"






Thursday, 16 October 2014

Some recent shots from around and near Alice Springs

Australian Hobby with Budgerigar (always wondered if they were fast enough, now I know)


Whistling Kite landing

White-necked Heron landing



Black-shouldered Kite take-off



Rainbow Bee-eater take-off


Red-backed Kingfisher - the effects of light


Wedge-tailed Eagle circling