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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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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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A yellow tailed black cockatoo in a pine tree, while I was going for a walk a few weeks ago. There were several of them pulling cones apart and feeding on the seeds, I see them regularly. (Was taken from some distance away with full zoom on a Lumix  pocket camera, so quality not the best.)

 

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I get a few Mud Maggie’s in my yard.There happy to sing and fly around my head......

 

 

 

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On 14/12/2020 at 2:29 PM, emesbee said:

A yellow tailed black cockatoo in a pine tree, while I was going for a walk a few weeks ago. There were several of them pulling cones apart and feeding on the seeds, I see them regularly. (Was taken from some distance away with full zoom on a Lumix  pocket camera, so quality not the best.)

 

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Love the cry of these majestic birds. They use to  fly in along waterfall gully to Beaumont and trim my tree Twice a year.....

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I think it's a Butcher Bird or a very rough looking Kooka!!! in the backyard...

 

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OK guys no fighting and wait your turn...plenty to go around off the seed block!

 

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59 minutes ago, Stump said:

I get a few Mud Maggie’s in my yard.There happy to sing and fly around my head......

 

 

 

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Love the cry of these majestic birds. They use to  fly in along waterfall gully to Beaumont and trim my tree Twice a year.....

 

I'm never sure what the proper name for this bird is. Everyone in SA knows them as the Piping Shrike, but that doesn't appear to be an official term. Also sometimes called Mud Lark I think, but may be confusing with another bird. I have been told that the proper name is Black Backed Magpie, but can't vouch for that (so Mud Magpie is probably a fair compromise). I think they call them Peewees over in the east (had never heard that name until my sister called them that when I visited her in Qld a couple of years ago).

 

 

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21 minutes ago, emesbee said:

 

I'm never sure what the proper name for this bird is. Everyone in SA knows them as the Piping Shrike, but that doesn't appear to be an official term. Also sometimes called Mud Lark I think, but may be confusing with another bird. I have been told that the proper name is Black Backed Magpie, but can't vouch for that (so Mud Magpie is probably a fair compromise). I think they call them Peewees over in the east (had never heard that name until my sister called them that when I visited her in Qld a couple of years ago).

 

 

Ive always called them small magpies...I  googled to see what they eat and see they make there nest out of mud.The official name does change  around Australia.If I say Mud Magpie often enough it may make the Dictionary one day.

 

 

 

What are small Magpies called?
The Magpie-lark is a common bird with many different names. It is also called a Peewee, Peewit, Mudlark or Little Magpie.
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I've always known it as the Piping Shrike (but wikipedia now tells me that is incorrect, so confusion reigns).

Well, it is what it is.

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, BLAH BLAH said:

I think it's a Butcher Bird or a very rough looking Kooka!!! in the backyard...

 

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OK guys no fighting and wait your turn...plenty to go around off the seed block!

 

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The first photo is a Grey Butcherbird. They have a lovely, fluting call and seem to be increasing their numbers in some of the more leafy Melbourne suburbs.

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A few recent shots

 

#1 Sacred Kingfisher

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#2 Eastern Yellow Robin

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#3 Tawney Frogmouth

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#4 Laughing Kookaburra 

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#5 Red-capped Plover

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#6 Silvereye

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#7 Superb Fairy-wren

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#8 Spotted Pardalote

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5 hours ago, Spearmint said:

 

 

#3 Tawney Frogmouth

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How did you even find this!  I know they live in my area but I have rarely seen them - even though they are probably right in front of me

 

 

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7 minutes ago, Steam said:

How did you even find this!  I know they live in my area but I have rarely seen them - even though they are probably right in front of me

 

 

They are not always easy to spot. This one looked like lump on the trunk from the track. It was only when I got a bit closer I could see what it was.

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I’ll post this. Baby Floof-pie on my back fence having a sleep. 


The baby comes to my place every day and stands in that spot as it is well protected and must feel safe. Has only fallen off the fence twice in its sleep that I have seen. 

He/she (I’m leaning towards she as back feathers seem to be staying grey) has been abandoned by her mum about a week ago. Dad went at the start of the year and the only other sibling he/she had disappeared early Jan. There’s another female adult that also frequents my yard but I don’t think is related in any way.
 

Actually maybe one of the more bird knowledgeable here can answer a question for me.... would previous baby magpies once grown and mature and have left the nest ever come back to where they were reared say around the next breeding season? ie: could this female be from last years babies? The mother and the female never had an issue getting along even with the baby around is all so perhaps a reason for this. 

 


 

 

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On 28/01/2021 at 1:06 PM, Stump said:

I get a few Mud Maggie’s in my yard.There happy to sing and fly around my head......

 

 

 

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Love the cry of these majestic birds. They use to  fly in along waterfall gully to Beaumont and trim my tree Twice a year.....

Looks like the girl has brought her partner around.They might be moving into my Queensland Bottle Tree.....

 

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