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  1. waste management and disposal technician

    waste management and disposal technician

    Yep.... that's what the Australian Ibis is.
  2. Many half brothers

    Many half brothers

    Striated Heron, has an enormous number of subspecies, which the taxonomists are now looking at possibly splitting in the future. This contemplative guy was posing so nicely for me on the water's edge.
  3. In the shade

    In the shade

    A Pied Oystercatcher was further along that same stretch of beach and appeared to be trying to keep cool.
  4. Sentry Duty

    Sentry Duty

    Two names this guy has, but both agree that he's a Beach LOL. Some call him a Thick-knee and others a Stone-Curlew. And not only that, he's now on his third scientific name! Confused? I don't think he cares. And I don't - just glad to find a bird I'd really wanted to see. But what a lovely...
  5. Eye-balled


    The last species we saw as we were leaving the wetlands (my final visit to this wonderful place) was a Crested Pigeon. I'd not really noticed their eyes before.
  6. Holy-moly


    Sitting on a dead tree in the middle of one of the ponds was a stunning Sacred Kingfisher. I've picked this image, as although it doesn't show his face too well, it shows a white nape patch which I wasn't really aware of before.
  7. Australian Reed Warbler.jpg

    Australian Reed Warbler.jpg

    Continuing on our wander through the woods surrounding the various lakes I spotted an Australian Reed Warbler low in one of the trees.
  8. Nice eyes

    Nice eyes

    I'd not really noticed the Grey Teal's eye colour before this picture. Rather attractive, aren't they.
  9. I really didn't expect to see one there

    I really didn't expect to see one there

    These Australasian Swamphens are quite heavy looking birds really, so I wasn't expecting to find one up in a tree like this.
  10. Drab?


    These honeyeaters must be about the least colourful but I really think they're very attractive and have a rather gentle looking face too.
  11. Cuddled up

    Cuddled up

    How could I have so many ducks and not have a clear view of any one of them?!! I still like the whistling ducks though LOL Saturday Fun
  12. Royal Banquet

    Royal Banquet

    One of the pools had a couple of Royal Spoonbills - such interesting birds with their odd-shaped bills.
  13. Wagger


    I fell in love with these guys; they're so well named managing all sorts of positions for their longish tail. They're pretty brave too!
  14. Dotty


    I love these guys - in fact the Charadriidae family is my all time favourite family. It includes the Ringed Plover which started that love affair off. This is a Black-fronted Dotterel, which is the only member of the genus Elseyornis. Life does get complicated sometimes LOL It's a large...
  15. The peaceful one

    The peaceful one

    A very common duck in Australia - I saw them just about everywhere in suitable watery habitats. They're dabbling ducks, so related to Mallards. The scientific name reflects the noticeable pale supercilium (the stripe above the eye). One of the most noticeable features.
  16. Attracting


    The swamphens display appears to consist of raising his uppertail to show the white undertail coverts.
  17. Mind the wires

    Mind the wires

    This was a quick grab shot as an Australasian Darter appeared, seemingly from nowhere. Quite pleased with that result, the first of 3 shots.
  18. Made welcome

    Made welcome

    A new species for me on this return visit to Sandy Camp Road Wetlands, was this Spotted Dove, a species which had been introduced to Australia. Attractive, aren't they.
  19. LBJ in the reeds

    LBJ in the reeds

    I only saw a few of these warblers, and never heard them singing sadly. This one was a little tricky to photograph as he kept moving through the reeds.
  20. On his own

    On his own

    Irediparra is a monotypic genus, within the Jacana family. I'd long wanted to see a jacana with their long toes, seemingly allowing them to walk on water (actually on lily pads of course)! I did see quite a few during my stay in Australia.
  21. The Australian version

    The Australian version

    The Australasian Grebe is their version of our Dabchick. Just as cute too. They appear to be quite widespread, as I seemed to see them in a number of places (really not complaining about that!!!)
  22. A superb spot

    A superb spot

    Ken. We were walking along the entrance path to the wetlands at Sandy Camp Road when he spotted movement, which he identified from a distance of many yards as a Superb Fairywren, female. Right at the bottom of a large thick hedge. I've already shown you that one, but very close was a pretty...
  23. A big guy

    A big guy

    We called in a Lindum Park Wetlands again but a different part of it this time. A huge Pelican was swimming by. They do make easy subjects to start the day off.
  24. Knee high to a grasshopper (or to a thick-knee)

    Knee high to a grasshopper (or to a thick-knee)

    Here's a New Year family portrait, showing just how tiny this chick was. Happy New Year everyone.
  25. Sentry Duty

    Sentry Duty

    We had a rather nice lunch in the cafe (had my first ever taste of calamari - nice!) before exploring the area around it. Found this rather handsome Pied Cormorant.