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.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

A Wedgie on the stare, Chats, Brown Falcon and a gorgeous Central-netted Dragon

There is a young Wedge-tailed Eagle hanging around Papunya at the moment. It gave me a couple of parallel flybys then swung out and headed straight for me. With the reduction of distance due to the camera lens, even though it was still a fair distance away, I did find myself moving backwards. This was one of a few birds around today, but tomorrow may be quieter as a large dust and wind storm has blown through late today. Hopefully the weather will be a bit cooler as the temperature gauge in the car for outside read 50 degrees Celsius before the storm hit. The car was in the sun and out of the wind, but that is still just a bit warmer than I would prefer, and I'm sure the wildlife would agree.

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Brown Falcon

Crimson Chat

Orange Chat

Rufous Whistler

Central-netted Dragon

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Spinifexbird, Brown Falcon, Eurasian Coot, Hooded Robin, Little Crow, Mistletoebird, Spotted Harrier photos

An enjoyable drive out to Papunya. Started the day early and found some Spinifexbird with a friend, then on to a variety of birds along the way. Hope you enjoy the photos.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Brown Goshawk chick - photos and video

I went to look for the Black-breasted Buzzard juvenile and got a nice surprise in the Brown Goshawk nest.

Video via YouTube

for Moses

Friday, 20 November 2015

Birds of Papunya

This week I have been at Papunya. It is about 250 kms west north west of Alice Springs. I can take two routes to get there, out via the Tanami, or my preferred route out through the West MacDonnell Ranges.

It was pretty hot this week so I was expecting birds to be hanging around water whenever possible. There were a lot more sprinklers going in the Community, which meant the Zebra Finches were spread out a lot more than I had seen before. But there was still some great Birds of Prey action at the local Ponds. Here are a few from this week:

Red-capped Robin
This young male popped onto a branch right in front of me during a break in the drive out to Papunya

Brown Goshawk
an early viewing on my first of a few trips to the Papunya Poo Ponds

Spotted Harrier
had come down for a drink, then lazily flapped off in the heat

Yellow-rumped Thornbill
found a small group of these at the Papunya airstrip

Whistling Kite
at the Papunya ponds, it was hot

White-faced Heron
one of a pair that seemed to prefer the bare branches to the water's edge

Glossy Ibis
one of a pair constantly moving around the ponds

Australian Hobby
this one moves between the communications tower in the Community and the ponds

Brown Falcon
spent a lot of time gliding around the ponds, didn't seem to be hunting, just enjoying the hot breeze

part of a flock of about 100 in the morning at the ponds

Willie Wagtail and Peregrine Falcon
The Willie Wagtail decided the Peregrine Falcon was on its perch so it chased it away and then sat proudly on the perch

Rainbow Bee-eater
While I was watching the Willie Wagtail and Peregrine Falcon action, this beautiful Rainbow Bee-eater sat on the ponds fence right in front of me

Friday, 13 November 2015

Black-breasted Buzzard family saga

The fluffy white ball that was first spotted in the nest is now almost full size. Beautiful white feet, stunning feather colours, and a well-formed beak ready to make nice little mouthfuls of much larger prey. Recently I managed to get some lovely close-ups of what can no longer be called a "chick". With mum and dad close by keeping an eye on their pride and joy, the young Black-breasted Buzzard stood, sat, and yawned its way through another warm Central Australian afternoon.

Black-breasted Buzzard

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

10 Beautiful Major Mitchell Cockatoos in the back yard

After a rather ordinary day at work, the noise and colour that greeted me in the backyard this afternoon more than made up for it. 10 Major Mitchell Cockatoos spent about 3 hours in my backyard, lazily canoodling, grooming and eating. The photo opportunities for close-up photography were amazing. Below is a sample of some of the photos. For me it will be a memorable Remembrance Day

Major Mitchell Cockatoos