As a companion piece for the “Mind Shifting Moments” series, I will also compile some galleries of my favourite photographs from the last two years. My A – Z Species list Birds page currently has links to 38 different species of birds I’ve photographed on our property. In reality there are more as I have not sorted out the different species of cormorant, and there are a few other stray photos yet to make it to the blog.
In this gallery, I’ve compiled some of my favourite bird photographs from among that list. Let me know which birds you enjoy viewing – I’d like to know.
Preparing to land, this cockatoo stretches out both feet toward the tree.
This is a species of cormorant I am still trying to pin down. Two strong possibilities and I need clearer photographs to determine which one.
This Magpie seemed keen to show off its catch, waving it from side to side several times while I took photos.
A wild bird who tries to make contact through the window, Cheeky, as it has been dubbed, drops by most weeks.
It was difficult to choose just one photo of a Crimson Rosella. I chose this one because it shows their beautiful feathers.
I love the ‘Who… me?” expression on the Corella’s face in this photo.
Another fishing bird which often drops by is the Darter. It is very shy and at the first hint of humans, will fly away.
I love this photograph of the Eastern Spinebill with a sprinkling of bright yellow pollen on its head.
The Eastern Spinebills are smart enough to come in and out of the cat enclosure to feed on nectar without getting caught.
On a day of eerie light, we found an injured wattle bird which did not want to be rescued.
The Pied Cormorant and the White Faced Heron often share the jetty
Kookie, the Kookaburra without a tail, in flight.
It constantly amazes me that a large flock of ducks can be chased away by one solitary Magpie.
I’m still trying to work out if this is the Pied Cormorant or the Little Pied Cormorant, but either way, it is a regular visitor to fish in our dam.
A pair of Superb Fairy Wrens could see their reflection in the glass. The female bird was particularly worked up and prepared to defend her territory.
Before the cat enclosure was built, the Red Wattle Birds could get into the back yard to feed on the nectar of succulents.
A pair of White-Faced Heron slowly making their way around the perimeter of the dam.
The White-Faced Heron is beautiful to watch and to photograph.
A regular visitor during the breeding season, the White-Faced Heron come to fish.
I love the twisted bark in this photograph just as much as I love the bird!
This bird has the most beautiful call.
Another bird keen to see the inside of the cat enclosure. Beautiful eyes on this one.
We very rarely have Straw-Necked Ibis, but this one visited daily for about a week in early Summer.
This Yellow Faced Honeyeater broke into the cat enclosure. It was rescued and flew to safety.
A family of Australian Wood Duck visited us daily to graze for food and swim in the dam.
9 thoughts on “A Gallery of Favourite Shots 1: Birds”
Impossible to pick a favorite! They are each wonderful photos and so striking to me as I’ve never seen one of them! Thanks so much for sharing this array. Wonderful!
Thanks Mary. I must admit it was difficult choosing which photos to include in this gallery. The original posts can still be found via links in the A – Z species list, and most have additional photos taken on the day. If there is a part 2 to this it will include the Spotted Pardalote, both species of Currawong, Galahs, more Corella, the huge flock of Raven and more Australian Wood Ducks – for starters! 🙂 I do love the birds! 🙂 Lisa
The cormorant drying its wings is a Little Black Cormorant. The Great Cormorant is larger and has yellow facial skin. I think the black and white cormorant is probably a young Little Pied Cormorant as it has a yellow bill and is about the same size at the White-faced Heron. Pied Cormorants are much larger and uncommon around Ballarat. Enjoyed the photos. John
Ah! Thanks John. I think I have a photo of a Great Cormorant that I have not yet posted on the blog. We very rarely see black cormorants of any description. Usually it is the Little Pied Cormorant (thanks for the ID). I may make my next post about Cormorants and post the photos I’m not sure about. Lisa
Great captures. I like the closeup of “Cheeky”. Is the bird trying to check out the cat enclosure a Grey Shrike Thrush? I’ve seen them around here but not been able to get a good photo.
I love the expression on the fairy wren…so sweet!
Yes, she was beautiful – and very persistent. She kept it up for hours. 🙂 Lisa
Absolutely stunning work x
Thank you! 🙂