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  1. A one off

    A one off

    This Brown Falcon was the only one I saw on my travels. The light was all wrong, so I've had to adjust the levels to try to get some detail.
  2. Now for the biggie

    Now for the biggie

    ... well at least the biggest I've seen. We'd moved on round that point and were climbing up to the next viewpoint when people started shouting down to those making their way up that the Whales were coming. Wow!! I knew they were big, but...
  3. Colourful curtain

    Colourful curtain

    A few figbirds had come in to feed on the figs. What a colourful sight they make, don't they.
  4. I want lunch!!

    I want lunch!!

    There were a couple of fledgling Noisy Miners in the garden too. I think this one is hungry! Struggling to find any 'funny' pictures for Saturday Fun at the moment. But thought this just about filled the bill.
  5. Well framed

    Well framed

    Back at Ken's house a Rainbow Lorikeet was in for some refreshments. Such colourful birds.
  6. Swampy in a swamp

    Swampy in a swamp

    ... well it's not really a swamp... a lake with water lilies! When the light catches these Swamphens right, they are such a beautiful colour.
  7. Ol' White-eye

    Ol' White-eye

    This one has a much nicer facial expression than the one I showed you a few days ago, doesn't he. His white eye fairly jumps out of the picture LOL
  8. Not laughing

    Not laughing

    He couldn't even raise a smile, as he had his mouth full and, of course, there was the danger of the Noisy Miners (one in front and another out of shot) pinching it off him if he dropped it LOL.
  9. Not in breeding mode yet

    Not in breeding mode yet

    When they are in breeding plumage, the yellow neck wattle fills out. One unusual feature of these birds is that their tail is flattened vertially, quite unlike most other birds, where they sit horizontally. I wonder why this is?
  10. I promised you his lady

    I promised you his lady

    .... well here she is on the other side of the footpath. The female has a white forehead and throat. The male has a broad white supercillium (lacking on the female) and a black throat and breast.
  11. Levitating SF

    Levitating SF

    There was a lot of movement in the trees on the opposite side of the path, it looked big, so I took a picture and discovered it was a brushturkey moving through the canopy. Here it would seem he's actually levitating LOL.
  12. Muddled


    Is he a magpie or a lark. No-one seems sure, so he's been called a Magpie-lark LOL He cam down and landed in the grass right close to us, and not bothered by our presence at all. This is the male, the female wasn't far away and I'll show you her later.
  13. Where's his brush though

    Where's his brush though

    I thought this was such a pretty setting to find the jacana. Placed himself well for me in amongst the water lilies, didn't he.
  14. With a splash of yellow

    With a splash of yellow

    Quite close to the whistling ducks, was this Australian Ibis showing off his yellow pants, though I'm not too sure where that colour has come from - I don't see it mentioned anywhere.
  15. Travellers


    I find the whistling ducks very attractive, so was pleased to see some at Minnippi too. If I was younger and fitter, I might have tried to see all the eight species.
  16. Middle for diddle

    Middle for diddle

    An Intermediate Egret was the next to take my attention. I still had to study these carefully to be able to tell the difference between them and the Great ones.
  17. Winter Visitor

    Winter Visitor

    I see even less of Lesser Black-backed Gulls than Herring Gulls they're just occasional visitors, particularly through the winten months. This was the first one I managed to photograph on a more distant neighbour's roof. TTTW Ooops... thanks for pointing out my error. It is, indeed a Lesser...
  18. If looks could kill

    If looks could kill

    Sometimes you catch a pose where a guy looks really, really evil and you just want to run!! Thought this would be my SF entry for this week.
  19. Not a mag, nor bald....

    Not a mag, nor bald....

    .... but a Pied Stilt. Such elegant waders and I'd really wanted to see a stilt ever since I missed out on Sammy by a few days at Titchwell! This one was foraging on the edge of the lake at Minnippi.
  20. Can't knock him out

    Can't knock him out

    Another new species for me at the lake, was this Hardhead duck. Strange name, isn't it.
  21. Swampy


    On the grass beside the path a couple of Swamphens were foraging. They have lovely white backsides, not seen here.
  22. Mr Chestnut

    Mr Chestnut

    Aren't these handsome ducks with their dark green heads and chestnut brown bodies. Though this was the only picture I got of him with his head and bill showing. He was busy preening most of the time I watched.
  23. Chestnut


    Down at the lake were loads of different species of birds that we picked up on our journey round. The first was Chestnut Teal - this is the female. The male will follow.
  24. Where's she got to now?

    Where's she got to now?

    Ken took me to Minnippi Park the next day. We started to wander across from the car and I stopped to take a picture of the view. It was only afterwards that I realised I'd got Ken in the shot, so here he is - wondering where I was.
  25. Branching out

    Branching out

    A wee Robin sitting at the top of a Beech. I guess this should have been part of the hedge at one time, but it's slightly separated from it now. A lot of birds seem to like sitting there.