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Sort of getting the hang of birds in flight, these birds are from yesterday and today.

 

Fairy Tern(?)

Apparently a Greater Crested Tern.

 

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Masked Lapwing

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White Faced Heron.

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I don't do a lot of biding these days. I would like to do more, but the native orchids take up most of my time, plus with the Covid-19 restrictions here in Victoria it makes it hard to go too far afie

Cold windy walk this morning, some birds are now starting to reappear. This Eastern Spinebill was busy on a grevillea and performed a hummingbird type hover to reach flowers at the end of a branc

A dull, grey, and wet morning in Melbourne   #1 Black-shouldered Kite     #2 Black-shouldered Kite     #3 Black-shouldered Kite    

You can just make out a solitary Lorikeet in this small tree...it has cunningly concealed itself amongst the foliage to avoid detection from the noisy miners...

The noisy miners are not stupid...they spot all intruders within minutes...and end up dive bombing intruders even this little lorikeet who just does not yield when food is on offer...

This small tree is the source of food/nectar for all the native birds and noisy miners in the local area...so many avian battles have been fought here over territorial/food rights when it flowers...even more so in winter with its odd few pink/mauve flowers appearing...

Sometimes the battles turn bloody and result in serious injuries with brightly coloured native bird wings fluttering on the grass underneath in the breeze...the noisy miners are ruthless and they collectively pack hunt with a deadly finesse...solitary smaller birds are sport for their beaks. 

Other times it is  a little more restrained and responsible for so many loud squawks, bird calls, songs, trills, shrieks, whistles than produced by a free form jazz group in full flight...and what I mistake for pleasant bird calls whilst inside the house are only demarcation warnings that bespoke a more sinister feathered tune...

 

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Wow, some great photos here. Anything I post will be fairly ordinary in comparison.

 

Spotted this little fellow on the window sill at work one day last year, so took a quick photo through the window with my mobile phone. Looked like a young one, stayed there for quite a long time.

 

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Took this photo of a sea eagle (I assume) on a trip to Queensland in 2018, somewhere between Buderim and Noosa. There were actually a pair of them, but it was almost impossible to get a decent shot through the trees.

 

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3 minutes ago, soundbyte said:

A Brahminy Kite?

Ah yes, I think that is right. I showed the photo to my brother-in-law, who knows a bit about birds, and that is what he said it was. just couldn't recall off hand.

 

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Kookaburra in my sister's backyard in Buderim, Qld in 2018.

 

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A friendly magpie in my front garden in 2018, enjoying the warmth. Kept giving me sideways glances.

 

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On 29/07/2020 at 2:27 PM, Spearmint said:

I don't do a lot of biding these days. I would like to do more, but the native orchids take up most of my time, plus with the Covid-19 restrictions here in Victoria it makes it hard to go too far afield.

A few recent ones...

 

 

On 08/08/2020 at 1:23 PM, soundbyte said:

Sort of getting the hang of birds in flight, these birds are from yesterday and today.

 They're really nice photos you lot post; what sort of cameras do guys you use?

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Late very overcast afternoon walk I saw one of the best displays of "see how big I am!" with this Superb Fairy Wren on top of the dry ferns.

 

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Had a wander around the Perth Zoo the other day, here are a few of the pics...

1.  Pied Heron

Pied Heron

2.  Bush-stone Curlew

Bush-stone Curlew

3.  Plumed Whistling Duck

Plumed Whistling Duck

 

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Just a crow flyby at La Perouse. 

 

Would love to get into bird photography, but I'm rubbish at it.   The one below is half interesting out of many shots taken 😂.

 

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Finally managed to get close enough for a pic...a tad out of focus/fuzzy but I had to get the zoom right up to even get close...

Funny enough they look like they are wearing bright coloured fluffy woollen winter jumpers! Just lacking scarves and beanies! :) 

 

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28 minutes ago, Ooogh said:

What an absolutely stunning bird Soundbyte.

Thanks, it was flitting around in The Springs car park half way up The Mountain, a delightful subject.

It took little notice of people going by, surprisingly very few people showed any interest in the bird even though it was making lots of noise.

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23 hours ago, Cideburns said:

A show-off Lori: 

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I love the look in his eye and facial features, very human to me.

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