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A new one
Little Friarbird

I've just returned from a four-day canoeing trip, exploring some of the smaller anabranches of the Murray River, near where the borders of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria intersect. I can recommend the area very highly to other birders. :t: :t: :t: You need a boat, (preferably small and human-powered) to get to the best spots, but if you can't manage that, you'd still be happy with the available birding. There are also splendid red cliffs, and beautiful riverside scenery on the main river channel.

I was with a group, all young men, and completely disinterested in nature, so my ability to bird was very limited. However, my canoe partner, the teacher, was interested, so on occasion we simply dropped back so that I could take a photo. I can hardly wait for the time I will be able to get back there alone, and go where I want and sit all day if I wish. All those Reed Warblers...they were nesting, carrying bulrush fluff about. I just had to paddle by, because it takes time and patience to photograph Warblers...ah well, I'll be back. ;)

At the junction of two creeks, when the rest of the group had surged ahead, my partner and I stopped for this bird, who had joined forces with a Blue-winged Parrot to chase off a marauding Raven. We were stopped in our tracks by the beauty of its call. The light was behind it, it was almost directly above, and I couldn't see it well, so I shot off a couple of quick ID photos. Before I could try for a better shot, it flew - so I have tried to fix up what I had in photoshop, so that I can add it to my gallery. It's not a very good job, but I'm definitely in the amateur class where photoshop is concerned. I know where it lives, I'll be back to see if it's still there in a while...and the Parrot too. ;)

Thanks to the kindly people who identified it for me in the ID thread. :clap:
Habitat
Open forests/woodlands/rivers; swamp-woodlands; mangroves; orchards, parks, gardens. Common. Summer breeding migrant in south.
Location
Salt Creek, Chowilla, South Australia
Date taken
October 25, 2008
Scientific name
Philemon citreogularis
Equipment used
Panasonic FZ50
Nicely done Rose. I'm with you on the call however I read a description in Cayley that its call is "a loud monotonous ar-coo" which at times it can be, but seems to me he just didn't listen long enough. Congratulations on adding this one to your list, the young with their yellow throat are prettier IMO, you'll have to get back there when they are around.
 
Congrats on the new edition to your list Rose. It must have been very frustrating seeing all those photo ops slip away but I guess you have the locations nailed down now ready for your own birding journey. Sounds like a great place. Nice photo considering the rushed circumstances.
 
Hi Rose, good to see you getting away from home again and posting this Little Friarbird photo.Going canoeing,what next?Perhaps skydiving,drag racing?It will keep you young and that means great pictures from you for all of us to enjoy for many years to come !
 
A happydance for you then Rose, he is looking fabulous :bounce: :D :bounce:

Thank you for sharing your adventures so vividly now I can dream away on the river Murray too ;)
 

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