Tag: Australian birds

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Tawny Frogmouth

On a warm January night, we were sitting in the lounge room watching TV when a loud bang on the screen door  startled us.  Initially, we couldn’t see anything outside, so Richard grabbed a torch and shone it into a nearby tree.   We saw a bundle of grey feathers and thought it was a solitary owl. Then, out of the…

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Two Kookaburra Chicks

I thought I would start off 2018 with a happy story about Kookie, the kookaburra without tail feathers.   Looking back through my posts, I can see mentions of Kookie “the tailless Kookaburra” since late 2012, but we first really began to observe her in 2014.  Back then, we didn’t know if she was male or female.  Two years of attempted…

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A Mixed Flock

Last Monday was a good bird day.  We often have birds sitting on the jetty railing.  Usually, Australian Wood Ducks;  often Little Pied Cormorants;  rarely, a White Necked Heron.   On Monday, all three species were sharing the space. The Little Pied Cormorants have been here every morning since then, diving for food and airing their wings.  I’m not sure…

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Duckling Story 3

Duckling Story 3 may be a continuation of Duckling Story 2 – it is a bit difficult to interpret these events.   An hour or two after the seven ducklings disappeared into the long grass, we saw a female duck with two ducklings grazing in that green spot all of the ducks seem to love.  We thought ‘Woo hoo! We have…

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Duckling Story 2

For some reason I associated the disappearance of the seven ducklings with the first sighting of the Swamp Harrier.   When I check back through the photographs, I note that the single duckling disappeared on that date.  The seven ducklings made their first appearance a week after that date. As is common, the adult Australian Wood Ducks love to graze…

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Swamp Harrier (Circus Approximans)

It has been a very long time since I was able to add another bird to the list of species found on our property.  Usually this is a cause of celebration.  However, I am not sure if I am pleased to have spotted this small raptor.  A few days before it appeared, a pair of Australian Wood Ducks walked up…

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White-Eared Honeyeater Hunting

Some days, I’m fortunate to come across an unfazed honeyeater just going about its business of collecting food, like this White-Eared Honeyeater.  I stood and watched for several minutes before I took photographs.  These birds seem very shy, and I was certain if I moved, it would fly off.  Obviously searching for insects and other tasty morsels beneath the bark, the…