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  1. Happy Christmas

    Happy Christmas

    This is to wish all my friends on Birdforum a happy Christmas. Or at least as happy as it's possible to be this difficult year. Take care my friends. I can't believe how lucky I was to have had that incredible holiday in Australia last year, so this is a reminder of better times.
  2. First to last

    First to last

    Another strange happening here. White-winged Chough was the first bird I saw when I arrived to stay with Hans and Judy in the outback of Queensland. And here it happens to be the last bird I saw in South Australia with Peter and Adrienne. There were a group of them behind the fence and mostly...
  3. Bashful

    Bashful

    The last bird, before leaving the Cypress Trail was a Red-rumped Parrot. Now he really was being difficult, think he was trying to get as much shade as he could... I tried different angles but this was the best I could get of him. Interestingly, the first time I saw one of these was my last...
  4. Mrs Triller

    Mrs Triller

    I did promise you a more conventional pose from the female Triller, so here it is. Many of you know that I love looking at birds half hidden in trees and bushes.
  5. All the colours?

    All the colours?

    Making our way back towards the car, we spotted a distant bee-eater. Fortunately he flew towards us, but didn't make life that easy, as we spent the next five minutes or so chasing him from tree to tree before I could get a picture. It seems ages since I had last seen one.
  6. Cheeky

    Cheeky

    In a tree on the edge of the open bit where the gorgeous chats were feeding, I spotted a Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater watching the goings-on. No day in Oz is complete without at least one honeyeater, is it LOL
  7. Crimson daddy

    Crimson daddy

    As promised, here's the father of the young chat I showed you earlier. He was on his way to give him a breakfast top-up.
  8. Sweet one

    Sweet one

    ... and then... further along the fence Peter spotted the birds which were the main reason for this visit. The most gorgeous Crimson Chat. You'll have to wait for the showy male, this is his child!
  9. Dusky face

    Dusky face

    So some minutes after seening the very pale female woodswallow, I spotted the male sitting on a fence wire. It would have made working out what she was so much easier if I'd found him first LOL.
  10. Junior

    Junior

    Nice birds still coming at me for the next to show himself was a juvenile Hooded Robin. I'd seen an adult male nearly a month before at Bowra! Don't you think he's cute?
  11. Another Mrs

    Another Mrs

    This one had me confused for a bit, but of course it's a female Masked Woodswallow, if I'd seen the male first it would have helped LOL.... he comes later. I do so like the woodswallows.
  12. Elegance

    Elegance

    Then Peter found a new parrot for me. So I crept over to where he was and there up in another tree was this lovely Elegant Parrot. This was the only picture I got of him sadly.
  13. And Mr was next door

    And Mr was next door

    .... in another tree. But it wasn't so easy getting his picture he moved an awful lot and it was quite high up.
  14. Up in the tree

    Up in the tree

    ... and so, sadly, I reach my last day with Peter and Adrienne and they took me back up into the hills to Kinchina, a complex of nature reserves. We started off at the Cypress Hill Trail. Another hot day! I spotted some movement up in a tree, which turned out to be a sweet little female...
  15. Colourful guy

    Colourful guy

    We'd now got to the Adelaide Hills and called in at the Gorge Wildlife Park. Peter thought it would be a good idea for me to be able to see some of the species found in areas of Australia that I wouldn't be going to, so we had a good look round. This was the only place I saw Dingos, now a...
  16. Black-front

    Black-front

    Leaning out of the car window, pointing the camera down the bank, through a fence, to get at this wee Black-fronted Dotterel. So that was two dotterel species picked up that day; I do love the charadrius plovers.
  17. Assorted

    Assorted

    Over near the Pink-eared Ducks were a group of Maned Ducks and Hardheads, all equally dozy looking.
  18. A new duck

    A new duck

    Eventually Peter and Adrienne dragged me away from Laratinga and we headed up into the Adelaide Hills. After a rather nice lunch at a cafe run by a friend, we found ourselves overlooking a lake at Jones R Hahndorf. Way over the other side, having a quiet snooze were a couple of Pink-eared...
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