White-headed pigeons

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge topic: Birds

I think I may have a photo or two of a bird or two I could use for this photo challenge. I took these a couple of days ago. It’s just a few so no need to get set in for a while.

A flurry of wings sounded as the large White-headed Pigeon alighted on the bird bath with a watchful gaze.
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A short while later, a young White-headed Pigeon flew in, it’s grey plumage starting to turn white.
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The parent bird was vigilant as the young one took a drink.
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Such a lovely looking bird don’t you think?
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The Whipbird has a bath

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The letter W with 2 vowels

The Whipbird at my besties enjoy going to the bird bath. I hope you enjoy this short tale of the Whipbird having a bath

I am ready for my bath
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OK. I am going in.
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This is great.
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I really enjoyed that bath.
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I hope my feet are clean.
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Well………how do you look after your bath?
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The Quest

As you know, I love taking photos of nature. I love the colours of butterflies and it is a great pleasure to have so many different species of butterfly in our gardens.

One butterfly became a quest to get a photo – the Blue Triangle. Blue Triangles are seldom still and have such a fast and erratic flight, it is so hard to get a photo of them in flight. They zip around the garden and suddenly they will fly to the top of the trees, up and over and gone in an instant.

One thing they do is come down to puddles on the road near my besties to have a drink. They seem to have a 6th sense and in the blink of an eye they are off when I get close. Similar to birds they know when I am almost focused with my camera and then gone.

The other day, walking about, camera in hand, spotting a bird here a dragonfly there, getting a photo or two of a Common Crow butterfly, when suddenly I am zoomed by a Blue Triangle. Now’s my chance, I thought. I followed it around the corner of the shed and saw the butterfly disappear into the shrub.

I know the Blue Triangle landed in here somewhere. Can you spot the butterfly?
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Ah…..there. I can see the butterfly. How long will it sit still for?
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When they fly all you see is a dark colour and the flash of blue. Look, it has blue legs too.
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The colour cahnges a bit as the wings begin to open. Perhaps it is time to take off.
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You can see a bit better why they are called Blue Triangles
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A truly stunning butterflyblue triangle butterfly_close_named_binna burra_jan 2018

My quest is over….until the next time I spot a Blue Triangle

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter N

Have you ever seen a Nest hotel? The Pied Cormorants must enjoy nesting together as it was rather raucous with calls of “It’s your turn” or “Bring me a fish” or just chatting to while the time away. How many nests can you count?

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There are more nests here have a look

Check out all the other fab “N” photos at Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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Meet Kurrie

I’d like you to meet Kurrie. Kurrie has been living at my besties place for a few weeks now. Luckily Kurries parents are always close by and are very good parents. Kurrie has survived 2 hail storms plus countless rain events as well as hot sunny days. We are enjoying Kurries company and will be sad when Kurrie finally decides it’s time to leave.

Here is a small photo story of our new friend Kurrie

Kurrie lives high in the tree tops not far from the house. Kurries place looks a bit thrown together but as I mentioned has survived the weather. You can just see one of Kurries parents on the right.
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Here is a bit of a closer look at Kurries place. We were never sure that there was anyone in the nest.
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Then one day we could hear this raucous sound and there was Kurrie.
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Kurrie spend a lot of time asking Mum and Dad for something to eat.
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I wonder what the parent is thinking.
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As Kurrie is growing, now it’s standing up and stretching.
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All the time keeping an eye out for the next snack
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Or stretching out as far as you can
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The parents are constantly bringing Kurrie food. A growing baby needs lots of nourishment.
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Here, Kurrie gets a bit of food from the parent.
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A bit about Kurrie.

Kurrie is a Pied Currawong. Currawongs live in most coastal areas of Eastern Australia. They live in the forest and have adapted to city life. I know when the weather is getting cooler in the mountains as the Currawongs come down from the mountains to hang around my place. They are around 48cm. Currawongs have a loud and distinctive call which is heard in the mornings, before roosting at night and sometimes before it rains.

Here is their call from Graeme Chapmans website
http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/sounds.php?c=101&p=349

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Letter K

Join in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge with all the other photographers who have lots of K’s in their photos.

A King Parrot often drops in to see what’s happening on the verandah
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Rainbow Lorikeets are here in numbers to feast on the nectar of the eucalypt blossoms
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Musk Lorikeets only drop in every now and then
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The Grey Goshawk frightens the chooks
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This Australian Kestrel was hunting for lizards in a car park
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A Fan-tailed Cuckoo kept an eye on me
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Had to include a Chook
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and some Chickens
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and of course Brendan the Brush Turkey
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The little Forest Kingfisher is a brilliant flash of blue as he darts through the forest
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Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos love pine cones and eat them like an ice cream cone
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These Plumed Whistling Ducks were paddling about in a puddle in a football field
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Dis someone say Duckduck looking_grafton show_named_may 2017

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Bird

What a photo challenge from Frank at Dutch goes the Photo. Bird. I am going to be good and stick to the topic of Bird. Yes just one bird photo. This is the last bird I photographed. I decided to do this so I didn’t wade through thousands of photos of birds.

This is a Green Catbird
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Have a listen to why they are called Catbirds here

Enjoy all the other birds from around the world at Dutch goes the Photo

Back of Birds

The photo challenge from Cee is Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Back of Things  What do I have the most photos of….yep you guessed it – birds. I did have to stop myself. I didn’t realise how many backs of birds I have!  Here is my selection of the backs of birds for the challenge.

The Wonga Pigeon had enough of me so it was “off I go”
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A Catbird sat high in the tree not caring that I wanted a photo or two.
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A Blue-faced Honeyeater looking for a new blossom to get a bit of nectar.
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Just an Osprey talking a casual stroll along the beach
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The wonderful Emerald Dove.
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Scarlet Honeyeaters are so small and acrobatic when snacking on a Lilli Pilli.
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These are Dragonflies

Ever since I managed to get a photo of a flying dragonfly with one of my first cameras, a Canon Tlb, I have loved seeing dragonflies flitting about. I am lucky to have an assortment of dragonflies on my property. Many an hour has been spent at the dam or chasing a dragonfly about the garden trying to get that great dragonfly photo.

Unfortunately I don’t know the names of many of the dragonflies I have captured but once I have published this post, I am sure there are people who will let me know their names.

I love the different shapes and colours of dragonflies. This is a slender dragonfly not the usual bigger ones I see.

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I found this one sitting on the flower in the dam. I love the reflection in the water.

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The yellow dragonflies like to sit on the ground

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“Don’t touch my stick”

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They do like to hang onto the reeds in the dam too

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I don’t see the orange (ish) dragonflies much

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They like to stay out of the rain

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But the red and blue dragonflies are always around

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Dragonflies look very interesting up close

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Dragonflies can also be interesting from afar. I was taking some photos of the Honey Gem Grevillia and didn’t notice that I had been photo-bombed by a dragonfly

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Some dragonflies sit with their tails a bit bent

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Others like their tails up especially the ones with spotted wings

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There is always a chance encounter with a couple of dragonflies who like to “enjoy” each others company

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I was chasing a dragonfly around my besties garden when I sat down on the deck when suddenly the dragonfly appeared. I think he was checking me out.

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Did you enjoy my dragonflies?

 

Wedged-tailed Eagles having lunch

One afternoon I was driving home when I saw, on the side of the road, two shapes being very busy. Of course, I had to turn around and see what I thought I saw. Much to my delight it was two Wedged-tailed Eagles just sitting on the ground near the road, one looked like it was eating something.

The Wedged-tailed Eagles are often sighted between Ramornie and Jackadgery. Sometimes it’s all three and this time it was just two. I just started to take photos as most times they are very wary and take off even if they have some food they are eating.

This is the story of my encounter with the two Wedged-tailed Eagles who were having lunch.

I stopped the car and took a few photos after I opened the door and hid behind it to get a few photographs. The long grass on the side of the road hindered my view but I was too afraid that if I moved they would fly off.

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It looks like I have been spotted by both eagles. The younger one waiting to eat and the parent with a bit of blood on the beak.

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“It’s OK. I’ll keep an eye on this bloke while you eat.”

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The other one started to tuck in to whatever was on the menu, and while it looked like the lookout was distracted I made a move to see if I could get some better photographs.

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Oh dear, it looks like I was spotted trying to get to a better vantage point.

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Yep!!! It was a case of “Let’s get out of here”

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“Hey wait for me I’m coming too!!!”

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While the Eagles were eating, there was a pesky Magpie swooping as they ate. The Magpie didn’t like me being there so didn’t move while I was taking photos but once in the air, the Magpie resumed its attack. It was once the Wedged-tailed Eagle was in the air I could see what it was eating. Perhaps it was a Goanna that was hit by a vehicle or maybe it was a was a Water Dragon.

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Everyone was in the air, one Eagle hanging onto lunch with the Magpie still in pursuit.

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The Magpie didn’t care which Eagle it chased and this Eagle, keeping a close eye on the Magpie, wheeled around to try to see the Magpie off.

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With lunch still well gripped the Eagles flew higher and higher making it harder to get good images.

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So a quickly as it started, they were soon way up in the sky and wheeling away from where I stopped the car. One last chance for a photo and it was over.

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I have been hoping to get some photos of the local Wedged-tailed Eagles for ages and this time I was very lucky don’t you think?