Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Frog Hilton (aka The Water Tank) at Dusk

The nightly line-up on the water tank eagerly awaiting darkness to search for food.



Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Nesting Australian Native Crested Pigeon

We have a pair of Crested Pigeons that nest around the property, though usually in a more dense tree than this. Australian Birdlife refer to the nest as delicate, but that's putting it politely. Their nests are more a mess of a few twigs that takes them a short time to construct. Both parents share the incubation -- we often hear the bird on the nest calling for his/her mate to change over. Because there is always a bird on the nest, they don't suffer the egg predation other birds do. Though I'm sure they only breed to feed the local raptors. :(


Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Yellow-faced Honeyeater Nest

Just after Christmas, we discovered a nest with three Yellow-faced Honeyeater nestlings in the Chilean guava tree in our fruit tree ‘cage.’ Hidden deep in the foliage, the nest is suspended with spiderweb and various threads between two branches. We didn’t want to disturb them, so waited until they had fledged before taking photos.





Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Spring Babies October 2016

Blackbird decided that this spot between my ladder and the shed storage cupboard was a safe spot . It was, and two babies fledged this week before I snapped a shot.

This is the first time we have spied a Magpie Larks nest. We were surprised as it was less than 10 metres away from our wild "pet" Magpies nest. This shot is taken at 1450mm (35mm epquiv) zoom on my Nikon Coolpix P610. The nest was about 18 metres up near the top of a river red gum. They all successfully fledged.

The carport is going to need a thorough clean in a couple of days when these little cutie Welcome Swallows fledge. It is dark in this corner and very difficult to get a good shot without adding light which I did not want to do. Every time I have tried to get a pic they pop down out of sight but are now too big to that so I was lucky and with a high ISO was able to get this lovely portrait.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Hand-feeding an Australian King Parrot

Alan hand-feeding sunflower seeds to a visiting King Parrot.


Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Whose egg is this?

We found this egg down the drive and think – but are not sure – that it might be a lapwing's/plover's.