It is a bit late for my December Changing Seasons post, but better late than never.
I think I am glad to see the back of December. It was such a hot, steamy month. Nevertheless, a month of storms meant it was very productive in the garden. Hence, we had many visitors of the feathered kind. Read more
There has been rather a bird deficit of late on this blog, so it is time for a couple of bird photos. The Ragtag Daily Prompt is host, so it seems only fitting that I feature a cuckoo in today’s post. Cuckoos lay their eggs in the nests of other bird species, leaving the host to do all the hard work raising the young.
On a recent trip to Tidbinbilla (a nature reserve outside of Canberra), I spotted a couple of Fan-tailed Cuckoos. The Fan-tailed Cuckoo is an attractive little bird which lives in woodland and forests. Read more
Today I had the pleasure of reading about the African Swamphen on the De Wets Wild blog. If you haven’t checked out the De Wets Wild blog, you really should. Dries and his family travel to the many wilderness areas of South Africa to bring us beautiful photos of the flora and fauna of each place they visit. Anyway, the African Swamphen (Porphyrio madagascariensis) is a sub-species of the Purple Swamphen. The Purple Swamphen has a wide distribution across the globe, including Australia.
At Dries’ request, I’m posting a few photos I took recently of the Purple Swamphens in my area. Read more
There is one thing certain about Australasian Grebes and that is they are very shy. Come within 100 metres of them and they quickly dive below the surface of the water or they paddle away at a great pace leaving you in their wake. Many a time on our holiday, we saw them in the distance and that is where they stayed, so no photographs (not good ones anyway). It turns out that finding and getting close to these tiny waterbirds is a job for a professional. Read more
This is my last holiday bird diary post. For this reason, I am going to indulge in a few scenery photos as well. This post features some common waterbirds and parrots. The beauty of the setting makes the birds appear very glamorous, like models on a photo shoot. Read more
Have I mentioned what a great holiday I had? As I’m not a coast dweller, I hadn’t really appreciated how beautiful and mesmerising Australia’s water birds are. Let me show you just a few of the water birds that my True Love (TL) and I saw when we visited two of the man-made dams in Queensland, Australia. Read more
A couple of hundred clicks north of Sydney, the Myall Lakes National Park in New South Wales (Australia) is one of the best habitats around for birds. It is a real bird oasis. The Myall Lakes is one of the state’s largest coastal lake systems. As we were just passing through and were time constrained, we only skimmed its outskirts. We stayed at the lovely, quiet fishing village of Hawks Nest. Usually, I have to work hard for my bird photos but the birds were lining up for their photos to be taken. Here are a few that we took one morning (click on images to enlarge). Read more
My mother, J, lives on a wonderful property in the Gladstone area (Queensland, Australia). J and B run a few cows and agist some horses. The property is not a bird sanctuary as such, but as the property has a permanent source of water (a very large dam that hasn’t dried up in all the time they’ve lived there), it attracts a wide array of birds. During my recent visit, I tried to snap as many birds as possible. Read more