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Old Thursday 20th February 2020, 14:41   #626
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In the afternoon we drove round the other side of the bay, through Albany and up onto the cliffs for some lovely views overlooking King George Sound.

The two small islands are both nature reserves and one of them is called Michaelmas Island, as it was discovered on Michaelmas Day.

The second view shows the Vancouver Peninsula, part of which I think was used for quarantine purposes in the past. This peninsula almost completely encloses the Princess Royal Harbour, the water on the right of the picture.

We then headed up to the war memorial, which is just beautifully laid out and has fine views too. Well, at least an Australian Magpie seems to approve!

On the way home, another stop looking over Princess Royal Harbour and I think that's a Little Pied Cormorant flying over.
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Back at home there was a collection of birds waiting to greet us.

A very handsome male Red-eared Firetail watching his son having a bath; but a Silvereye chased him out so he could soak himself.

An Australian Ringneck hogged the fence feeder keeping away a male Red-capped Parrot.... however, there was another feeder on the grass and that was were they all congregated!
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Then just a couple more pictures to finish up with.

I was always pleased when I got a picture showing the pretty iridescent wing pattern on a Common Bronzewing, there was also a pair of Laughing Doves in the garden.

Then one of the Red-caps was deserted by three of his mates! There was constant comings and goings of these guys.
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Then just a couple more pictures to finish up with.

I was always pleased when I got a picture showing the pretty iridescent wing pattern on a Common Bronzewing, there was also a pair of Laughing Gulls in the garden.

Then one of the Red-caps was deserted by three of his mates! There was constant comings and goings of these guys.
Another senior moment there Delia ( I know the feeling!) - Laughing Doves I think
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Oh what a laugh!!!

Thank you Richard.
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Beach, Albany, Two Peoples Bay

7 November 2019

June and I were back down to the hide early the next morning, passing an Australian Ibis in a neighbouring garden en route.

Mostly the usual species, but not all available for photographs. A White-faced Heron was about the closest to us, then an Australian Pelican flew in to join his mate, buzzing some Greenshank as he went.

Also in the bay were Grey Plover, Great Cormorant, Caspian Tern, Great Knot (not actually a Lifer but the first one in Australia and a year tick. Sadly couldn't get a picture of Greater Sand Plover, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Black Swan, Silver Gull, Great Egret, Grey Teal, Little Pied Cormorant, an Eastern Osprey on his favourite post and Little Black Cormorant.

Walking back we heard and got glimpses of a Western Gerygone but couldn't get a picture of him either! Nor a Western Whistler and New Holland Honeyeater!! Had to make do with a Red Wattlebird on a power pole and a very attractive a Western Rosella eating some weed seeds.
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We got back to the house and there was a lovely Silvereye having a bath, thought I'd let you see one of the funny ones for a change.

A Magpie tried to get into the house but sang a song when he found the door shut. Such a sweet song they have too. June relented though and came out with some titbits for him. He's the only one she feeds, apparently!

I made sure I had my phone with me after that, so I could record the song if he struck up again, but that was the only time I heard one.

I can't remember now if it was Alex or June spotted a Whistling Kite down on the beach. In order to get this picture I had to stand on a pile of garden slabs, carefully positioned so I could see past the neighbour's washing line!

In the afternoon I was taken out for a drive and I hope I keep it together as to where we went, 'cos we covered a lot of ground.

As we drove round the bay towards Albany we came across a paddock with a load of Straw-necked Ibis holding court. Half an hour later, on the other side of Albany at Seppings Pond, were another lot with some Australian Ibis.
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Delia, I think your WTE on the beach is actually a Whistling Kite

(the tarsus are unfeathered, the head a uniform sandy colour, and the beak smaller than wte) ..... no drama as you'd already previously recorded both species as lifers earlier - among your 20 million birds seen !


P.S. the Straw-necked Ibis are the most fantastic looking birds aren't they ! In the right light the wings have a beautiful iridescent rainbow shine to them :)





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Another fine set of images D!
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Thanks KC.....

.... and thanks too Chosun. I posted in the ID forum for a check and they agree with you, so I'll amend my post accordingly. I probably got confused when I wrote in my notebook.
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Still at Seppings Pond we saw Maned Duck and Eurasian Coot foraging on the grass, while in the water was a Pacific Black Duck and the star.... a pair of Musk Ducks.

There was also an Australian Swamphen, but no picture for it.

Then moving on round the corner to Lake Seppings, we started with a lovely little Hoary Grebe.
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A good spot this lake, as we had quite a few species there, starting with this Blue-billed Duck in company with some more Hoary-headed Grebes.

The rest, I didn't actually get pictures of but the list I've made has Grey Fantail, Musk Duck, Australasian Grebe, Eurasian Coot and... what sounded like a Australian Reed Warbler; I've got a recording on my phone but don't know how to download it.

Apparently that lake is a popular spot for Carnaby's Black Cockatoo but we didn't get any!

We then continued driving round the edge of Oyster Bay up to the causeway over the King River.

First we saw an Osprey sitting in a dead tree, didn't give me a good view though, did he LOL. Out on the water was a Common Greenshank then a bit further out a large rock with Australasian Darter and Little Pied Cormorant.

An Osprey flew over, giving me my best flight shot of one yet!

We gradually picked up a few more species as we moved on to cross the river. So seen/heard along here were Brown Honeyeater, Western Whistler, Pied Oystercatcher, Red-necked Stint, Silver Gull, Australian Pelican and Australian Ibis.
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You sure did have a lot of sightings and all captured so nicely D.
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Lovely stuff Delia - that Blue-billed Duck certainly lives up to its name! The photo of June and the magpie is delightful too! Keep it coming Lass!

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Delia the Clamorous Reed-warbler is now known as the Australian Reed-warbler Acrocephalus australis .
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The male and female firetails are extremely hard to separate. A.Y. Pepper wrote that in the breeding season the females ear patch goes more orange but despite having caught and banded a few hundred i have never been able to distinguish any difference. Peppers study birds were captive bred.

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Lovely stuff Delia - that Blue-billed Duck certainly lives up to its name! The photo of June and the magpie is delightful too! Keep it coming Lass!

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LOL that blue bill really, really acted like a beacon. Amazing colour.

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The male and female firetails are extremely hard to separate. A.Y. Pepper wrote that in the breeding season the females ear patch goes more orange but despite having caught and banded a few hundred i have never been able to distinguish any difference. Peppers study birds were captive bred.

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Right!!! Thanks for this Alex. So all the dull ones I saw were youngsters obviously.
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After we'd crossed the bridge over the King River, we headed down into a bay looking out into Oyster Bay.

Through the trees we could just see an Emu walking across a paddock.

Following that we than drove along the Kalgan River and took a short walk high above the river. This was to a point that Alex knew there should be Ospreys and there certainly was one, sitting in a tree contemplating things.


Other species seen/heard on this section were Australian Ibis, Caspiean Tern, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Australian Raven, Australian Darter, Pacific Black Duck and Australian Magpie.

Our next stop was the beautiful Two Peoples Bay, which seems to be famous, as I'd heard quite a bit about it before.

Quite distant on a rock (though I did try and get closer) was a Sooty Oystercatcher. Nice one! Also seen here were a Laughing Kookaburra (though they have been introduced to this area), Welcome Swallow, Australian Pelican and Yellow-billed Spoonbill.
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This last Osprey was a little more cooperative than the one at King River.
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A couple of views to start this one, firstly overlooking Two Peoples Bay. For some reason people like to go to that large rock, strike weird poses and do handstands and things for photographs!

We then headed for Nanarup another lovely sandy bay. Here we had some more Musk Ducks, and I got my first flight picture of a Nankeen Kestrel (all the previous ones I'd seen were from a moving car!).

There were also a couple of Yellow-billed Spoonbills.
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Making our way back along Oyster Bay towards Albany (not quite sure where I've got to now though.... Alex??) we came across a bit of a seabird city (well big village maybe).

On what looks like a jetty, were an assortment of birds, including Australian Pelicans and Little Pied Cormorants.

One of the big posts had a Great Crested Tern. I then managed to get a closer view of some of the dozy pelicans! Finally picking out an Australian Darter having a bit of a preen.

On our way round the back of Albany we detoured onto someone's property where they have some chainsaw art decorating the grounds. It sounds odd but it was really fascinating and well worth the short tour round. Free too, though you can leave donations.

Here were a couple of parrots he'd done. (Think these may be headed for the Stickbird thread LOL) https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attrac...Australia.html
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Old Monday 24th February 2020, 22:15   #647
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To Denmark

8 November 2019

The next morning found June and myself back down at the hide, but a bit later than normal due to the tides.

En route we found both male and female Splendid Wrens and a Red-winged Fairywren but my pictures aren't really up to publication. Also a Buff-banded Rail but couldn't get an angle on that one for a picture. But I made up for all that with a lovely Australian Pipit near the hide.

Out in the bay were an assortment of black and white birds, with Ibis, Great Crested Terns, Silver Gulls, White-faced Heron, Osprey, Pelicans, Great Egret, cormorants, Grey Teal, Red-necked Stint, Black Swan and some Grey Plover too.

A Carnaby's Cockatoo flew over but try as I might I couldn't get a picture of him!!

Shortly after we got back, we set off westwards along the coast to Denmark! I just had to take a picture of this mail box... loved it LOL.

We followed a bit of a creek for a while and the first birds we came to in it were a pair of Yellow-billed Spoonbills, then a bit further along an assortment of species with (and I've not got them all in this picture), Straw-necked Ibis, Maned Duck, Australian Ringneck and a flock of Galahs.
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Old Tuesday 25th February 2020, 00:35   #648
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your list is building all the time with some nice species,but:did you get the three big ticks for Western Australia? Western Whipbird,Western Bristlebird and Noisy Scrub-bird? Over here:the drought has almost broken-some nice flooding inland and our grass is up to 3 feet high in the back paddock.On the East Coast they have had massive rain falls.Some places have had up to 4 inches per hour and totalling more than a foot,but here just enough to turn things around. With All our Love,

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your list is building all the time with some nice species,but:did you get the three big ticks for Western Australia? Western Whipbird,Western Bristlebird and Noisy Scrub-bird? Over here:the drought has almost broken-some nice flooding inland and our grass is up to 3 feet high in the back paddock.On the East Coast they have had massive rain falls.Some places have had up to 4 inches per hour and totalling more than a foot,but here just enough to turn things around. With All our Love,

Hans&Judy PS:will be selling some more of our photo gear-losing interest in photography? I think(Hans)
Hi Hans.... no I didn't get any of them I'm afraid.

I'm sure you don't really mean to get rid of all your photographic equipment Hans??? That would be very sad.
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We took a run down to Morley Beach in Wilson's Inlet. Not only was it a lovely little road (well track), but a great spot too. We saw a Scarlet Robin on the way, but didn't manage to get a picture of him.

Then a Silvereye teased me by flitting around in the bushes and trees, the ratbag!!

Out in the bay were an awful lot of Black Swans, Australian Pelican, Maned Duck, Greenshank, White-faced Heron and Grey Teal.

Then a Pied Stilt emerged not too far from us, I tried to get closer and hide behind a bush but the ground there was rather boggy LOL.

Not the best of pictures, but a Great Egret flew over as we were leaving.

Driving back towards the main road we heard a Western Whistler and saw a Willy-Wagtail, Australian Magpie, Western Rosella.
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