Sea-eagles #1

This is one of two immature White-bellied Sea-eagles seen late yesterday near Welshman’s Reef – what a majestic sight!

White-bellied Sea-eagle, Welshman’s Reef, 13th August 2017

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Balancing act

This Willie Wagtail provided a cameo performance at Picnic Point recently – leaving its perch to snatch a tiny insect from the surface of the lake with wonderful dexterity.

Willie Wagtail, Cairn Curran (near Picnic Point), 2nd August 2017

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Sulphur-crested Cockatoos

Sulphur-crested Cockatoos have featured regularly over recent weeks.

These extraordinary birds never fail to delight.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Newstead Primary School, 5th August 2017

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Excellent choice

A pair of Red Wattlebirds are building a nest in our yard. This is not an especially notable thing, we have a few pairs in the neighbourhood and I watch nests most years.

What is especially pleasing though on this occasion is that they have chosen one on the Dropping Sheoaks that I planted almost a decade ago. It’s nice when a plan comes to fruition.

Red Wattlebird nest in Drooping Sheoak, Wyndham Street Newstead, 5th August 2017

Arriving with wool for the lining

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Red Wattlebird below the nest

Flight patterns

Birds in flight – the ultimate challenge for a bird photographer … never mastered but always joyful.

Pacific Black Duck, Cairn Curran, 2nd August 2017

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Red-capped Plovers

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Zebras on the plains

These tiny finches probably escape the attention of most visitors to the plains.

Small flocks of Zebra Finches can be encountered at any time of year and as they are quite mobile you can see them at a number of sites with suitable habitat.

They spend much of their time feeding on seeds on the ground but like to have cover, patches of Tree Violet are especially favoured, to retreat into when disturbed. The sexes are different, the males are more strongly marked and coloured – with an orange cheek patch, fine barring on the neck above a black breast patch and finely spotted rufous flanks. Both male and female have a bright orange bill. These birds were spotted near Picnic Point, part of a flock of approximately 25.

Zebra Finches, Picnic Point, 1st August 2017

A pair cosying up – male at left

A delightful find on a winter afternoon!

At the silos #3

This ‘pair’ of Black-shouldered Kites were another highlight of my visits to the Moolort silos during the week.

There were actually three birds in the party, two adults and an immature bird, possibly one of last seasons offspring. I watched them for almost 15 minutes as they sparred and parried in what appeared to be a mix of courtship and combat. I’m not at all sure about the purpose of these antics.

The immature bird is distinguished by the dark plumage around the throat and neck.

Black-shouldered Kites, Moolort silos, 31st July 2017

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