Latest Bird Photos

Bush Stone-curlew

Bush Stone-curlew

Dry times has a bunch of these guys hanging about the house. I’ve got lots of photos of ’em already but can’t resist the opportunity to take more. Nikon D7200, Nikkor 300mm f4, 1/800 sec, f-8, ISO-1000

Just after landing

Just after landing

Fascinated with our raptors they are very photogenic birds. Brown Falcon just after landing. Canon EOS 60D, Tamron 200-500mm, 1/1250 sec at f 7.1, ISO 400, 9:07am.

Jailbird

Jailbird

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While I waited for the Channel-billed Cuckoos to move back into the light, I looked up to see this little charmer just sitting on the nearest branch in the open just looking at me! I had to search the memory bank to remember what it might be, but one thing I knew immediately it was a species I hadn’t laid eyes on before. There was a pair of these beautifully-patterned birds, and they were notably calm and unworried about me fumbling to get a shot.

The big brute with the fruit

The big brute with the fruit

This morning I went out birding for the first time in several months – a short outing to my nearby cemetery in search of the big Channel-billed Cuckoos. I found the big brutes feeding on fruits in the usual big fig tree, today they weren’t attacked by any of the prospective nest surrogates and weren’t chasing each other around very much. A couple of squabbles inside the canopy with the associated guttural screeching and clucking – they are amazing big units to see up this close.

Juvenile Pied Butcherbird

Juvenile Pied Butcherbird

This young Pied Butcherbird landed on a perch where I was expecting to photograph some visiting bee-eaters. I liked the earthy tones of its coloration and the background – need some rain to green things up.

Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth

This bird was at the Territory Wildlife park. Its very rare that I take photos of a captive bird although I couldn’t resist this one. Canon EOS60D 1/160 at f6.3 ISO 400, Sigma 18-300mm Lens

Let Me Eat Honey

Let Me Eat Honey

This is Neville, a New Holland Honeyeater. He is showing some indignation and impatience with me because I inadvertantly scared him away from the nectar site that he was plundering. He can’t wait to get back to it and just wants me to get lost. He lives in the National Australia Botanic Gardens in Canberra, along with about 353,000 of his kind and even more little Eastern Spinebills. The two species are happy to share and swarm all over any tree or bush that has what they want. It’s the big bully wattle birds that they have to watch out for. When the wattles want the tree, they just “bomb” all of the little birds, and off they go to some other site.

Surprise for both of us

Surprise for both of us

Popped out of a hollow in a tree after a particularly loud clap of thunder. One of my older shots taken with a Canon Eos 1000D, Tamron 200-500mm lens ISO 800 1/125 sec at f9.0. Shot taken late afternoon, 5:17pm on an overcast day.