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  1. Against the current

    Against the current

    I've never noticed 'our' coots having a red eye, so guess this must be how to id the Australian subspecies? My nephew is arriving this afternoon, so I'll not be around much for the next couple of days. I've not seen him for a few years, not even for my sister's funeral last year sadly.
  2. So distinguished

    So distinguished

    ... and distinctive too. Pacific Black Ducks are one of the easier ones to identify, even the females can't be mistaken as they both have that clearly marked head plumage.
  3. Red-winged Parrot

    Red-winged Parrot

  4. Contemplative

    Contemplative

    A power line on the opposite side of the weir seemed to provide a comfy seat for an Osprey. Although most authorities still include the Australian osprey as a subspecies of P. haliaetus, there are definitely moves afoot to split it. It would then likely be called Eastern Osprey. The Australian...
  5. Cliff hanger

    Cliff hanger

    ... well sort of, LOL. A Dusky Moorhen was clambering around on the wall of the weir - some huge boulders there.
  6. In alignment

    In alignment

    We moved inland a bit and visited Oxenford Weir. A good place that we were to return to. On the opposite bank was a Great Egret, with a Little Egret immediately above him. I didn't realise there were two birds there until I looked through the lens LOL. Could almost look like a double-headed...
  7. Thick or Stone?

    Thick or Stone?

    We then wandered around one of the paths in this reserve, but Hans was a little disappointed, he didn't tell me what he was actually looking for though. Back in the car park area was was concentrating on an unidentified call when Hans suddenly called me over and there in the shrubbery was Bush...
  8. Striated Heron

    Striated Heron

  9. Traffic Warden

    Traffic Warden

    Heading back along the front, we stopped in a car park for a coastal reserve. Up in the tree tops around the car park I spotted this Noisy Friarbird (lurking quietly!
  10. Exploring

    Exploring

    We had a rather nice lunch in the cafe run by the boat company, then drove along the promenade where there were plenty of pull-in areas and car parks. In one we found this young Masked Lapwing. Didn't see an adult anywhere near him though.
  11. Landing light

    Landing light

    After that wonderful whale watching cruise, a Welcome Swallow was waiting to see us berth safely.
  12. Show off

    Show off

    The last of the whale images, completing the story really. This is the rogue young male Humpback Whale, trying to impress the lady with constant noisy tail demonstration splashes. She really wasn't interested with such a young calf to care for, but he wasn't giving up!!
  13. Protecting her calf

    Protecting her calf

    This picture shows the mother Humpback Whale with her calf. Interesting information given to us by the staff was that there was also a young rogue male around who was trying to mate with the mother - she wasn't interested but his attempts to get to her were endangering the calf. So she...
  14. Rainbow Bee-eater (m)

    Rainbow Bee-eater (m)

  15. Breaching

    Breaching

    It was sometimes difficult to get the timing right, as we were never sure just where or when they were going to surface... then sometimes someone would pass in front of you just as you were going to click LOL. I think this is the calf again. Humpback Whales are just amazing creatures.
  16. Scarlet Honeyeater

    Scarlet Honeyeater

  17. Calf

    Calf

    My treat that morning was a trip out in the harbour to see (hopefully) Humpback Whales..... and it didn't disappoint. There were a few around, including a mother and calf. I think this is the tail of the calf. Apparently the mother's get them to this area after calving to teach them techniques...
  18. Harbour highlights

    Harbour highlights

    Hans and Judy and booked a special treat for me so we set off early to get to the harbour. We had a while to wait for the boat so had time to enjoy a cup of coffee in the cafe. At last we set off passing a long sand bar which was absolutely covered in birds... here's a small portion of them...
  19. Batty

    Batty

    It was not far off being Halloween, I guess, so the sight of a Fruit Bat was rather topical LOL We had a quick cuppie when we got back to the car and didn't have long to wait then for the light to fail and out came the bats. I wasn't quite prepared for the show they gave us, as they kept coming...
  20. Green Rosella

    Green Rosella

  21. Mrs Figgy

    Mrs Figgy

    We were leaving the park now to get a good vantage point for the evening show. On the way out I spotted this female Australasian Figbird on a bare branch above my head.
  22. Streamlined

    Streamlined

    I think these males have really lovely plumage. An Australasian Darter was on the bank just above where I'd seen the Hardhead.
  23. Sacred Kingfisher

    Sacred Kingfisher

  24. Toughie

    Toughie

    A female Hardhead was swimming around underneath the Egret. Nice looking ducks these.
  25. Spangled Drongo

    Spangled Drongo

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