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Two Months of Lifers Down Under

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Old Thursday 20th February 2020, 15:41   #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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Old Thursday 20th February 2020, 22:36   #627
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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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Old Thursday 20th February 2020, 22:41   #628
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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 Wedge-tailed Eagle 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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