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December, 2006

 

Banded Lapwing

Banded Lapwings in a roadside field on the way home from O'Reilly's on 23 December.

 

Banded Lapwing
Banded Lapwing

 

Black-faced Monarch   Female and Male Figbird
Black-faced Monarch and female and male Figbirds
in the garden

 

Black-shouldered Kite
Black-shouldered Kite
Dollarbird
Dollarbird
Buff-banded Rail   Latham's Snipe
This Buff-banded Rail with youngster and the Latham's Snipe were at the same small swamp 
- on different days
The following five photos are all from another lake, and all on the one day:
Pink-eared Duck
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Pink-eared Duck
Purple Swamphen
Purple Swamphen
Red-necked Avocets, Plumed Whistling-ducks and Purple Swamphen
Red-necked Avocets, Plumed Whistling-ducks and Purple Swamphen

 

Red-kneed Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterels

 

Red-backed Fairywren Red-backed Fairywren
Red-backed Fairywren showing both profiles

These three are in the garden at Abberton:

Rainbow Bee-eater
Rainbow Bee-eater
Immature Little Friarbird
Little Friarbird - immature 

Torresian Crow
Torresian Crow carefully dissecting a Cane Toad

 

Wedge-tailed Eagles
Wedge-tailed Eagles in a dead tree, just up the road

 

White-throated Treecreeper
White-throated Treecreeper
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thronbill
 

Singing Bushlark
Singing Bushlark, not in the valley, but about 30km away


November, 2006

 

Bush Thick-knee
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Bush Thick-knees are fairly common in parks around Brisbane.
These two are adjacent to a car-park on the University of Queensland campus. 

 

And five more from the garden at Abberton:

 

Bar-shouldered Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove  
Mistletoebird
Mistletoebird
Rainbow Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet   
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
  Striped Honeyeater
Striped Honeyeater feeding on Grevillea

October, 2006 - Some breeding birds

 

Brown Quail
Brown Quail with young
White-winged Triller
White-winged Trillers, presently nesting here

October, 2006 - Spring birds

 


Pallid Cuckoo
Immature Pallid Cuckoo

This young Pallid Cuckoo was feeding from a roadside vantage point.
When I stopped to take the photograph, I found an adult Pallid Cuckoo, Rufous Songlark, 
White-winged Triller and Striated Pardalote all close by.  

 


Channel-billed Cuckoo

Channel-bills are very active and noisy at present. Around here, they parasitise Torresian Crows, 
which are regularly seen flailing in pursuit of them as they criss-cross the sky, 
looking and sounding positively Jurassic.

Nankeen Kestrel  
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Nankeen Kestrel
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Nankeen Kestrel

 

 

Spangled Drongo Restless Flycatcher
Spangled Drongo and Restless Flycatcher in the garden
Glossy Ibis and Royal Spoonbill
Two Glossy Ibis and a Royal Spoonbill

Black-winged Stilt and Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Wandering Whistling-duck
Wandering Whistling-duck

 

Red-kneed Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel

 

Male Galah
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Male Galah

Take a close look at Galahs and you will see that the males have brown eyes, 
and the females pink. They pair for life, and when, for example, ten Galahs fly by
they're often clearly discernible as five pairs of birds.

When I see two individuals feeding in the garden together, I routinely check out their eye colour
and nearly always find that they are male and female. Given that Galahs in the wild 
have a longevity estimated from 15 years to 40 years, it is fascinating to contemplate 
that two such birds could easily be an established couple of several decades,  
travelling through a long life together.

 

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Three Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos have been here for a few days

We get Red-tailed Black Cockatoos year round, and Glossy Black Cockatoos from time to time, 
but Yellow-tails are unusual in the valley, though less so on the escarpment.
The last time we had them here at Abberton was in 1989.
Grey Shrike-thrush
Just now, a pair of Grey Shrike-thrushes are spending a lot of every day calling to each other 
on and around the verandahs. It's a joy to hear them every day 
- I can't think of a more melodious and beautiful bird call.

September, 2006

 

Apostlebirds Apostlebirds
These Apostlebirds were huddled together on two adjacent branches of the same tree on a windy day.
Eight in one row, four in the other - appropriately, twelve in all.
Spectacled Monarch Rainbow Bee-eater
Spectacled Monarch and Rainbow Bee-eater - both spring arrivals at Abberton

 

Striated Pardalote
A pair of Striated Pardalotes have excavated their nest hole in an earth bank right alongside 
where I often park my car - so to get this photo, I just wound the window down, and waited! 
Eastern Whipbird White-throated Honeyeater
Regulars year-round,  Eastern Whipbird and White-throated Honeyeater

 

Freckled Duck
A lone Freckled Duck has been on a local lake for a month or so

 

Tawny Frogmouth
The branch in the middle is of course a Tawny Frogmouth 
- this one isn't far from a nest that is under construction

August, 2006

 

Eastern Yellow Robin Jacky Winter
Eastern Yellow Robin (left) and Jacky Winter (right)
- two of our pretty little Australian flycatcher/robins  

June, 2006

Ground Cuckoo-shrikes
Ground Cuckoo-shrikes
Whistling Kite Black Kite
Whistling Kite (left) and Black Kite (right) - both at Abberton
 

Red-capped Robin
Our first Red-capped Robin this winter

 


April, 2006

Southern Boobook
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This Southern Boobook has taken to roosting close to the house recently
Collared Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher

Very blue - but a Collared Kingfisher for all that. I watched this bird hunting in the mangroves 
for some time, and was amazed at the brilliance of the blue in its wings and tail.

Striated Heron
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Crested Tern & Whimbrel
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Striated Heron, Crested Tern and Whimbrel - all close to Brisbane Airport

 

Rainbow Lorikeet Musk Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet (left) and Musk Lorikeet (right)
Paradise Riflebird
Paradise Riflebird
Paradise Riflebird Paradise Riflebird
There are a few rainforest locations nearby where Paradise Riflebirds can be found.
This male was in a tree immediately adjacent to one of the picnic areas in 
Bunya Mountains National Park

- and a Russet-tailed Thrush (below) was not far away

Russet-tailed Thrush
Wedge-tailed Eagle Wedge-tailed Eagle
Two Wedge-tailed Eagles, both with road-kill nearby.
The bird on the left is a darker mature adult, that on the right not yet in full adult plumage.


Pied Currawong Bush Stone-curlew
Pied Currawong and Bush Stone-curlew are both more regular uprange, at nearby Toowoomba 

 

Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Royal Spoonbills & Magpie Goose Red-necked Avocet
Four waterbird spp at the same waterhole -
Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Royal Spoonbill, Magpie Goose and Red-necked Avocet

 

Tawny Frogmouth
Tawny Frogmouth in the garden after dark

March, 2006

This Brown Goshawk came down to the rock pool outside my window 
just a few minutes ago.
Brown Goshawk
It is one of two immature Goshawks that have been around for a few weeks now, but
it's the first time that one has come down to the rock. Only time to grab the camera, point and press. 
Didn't dare move the venetian blinds, so photographed through them and through the window pane, 
just got the one shot before he lifted off - but got him.
Black-winged Stilt
Young Black-winged Stilt
Brown Goshawk
Immature Brown Goshawk
Eastern Grey Kangaroo
Eastern Grey Kangaroo
Eastern Yellow Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

 

Pink-eared Duck
Pink-eared Duck

 

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
Red-tailed BlackCockatoo
Spangled Drongo
Spangled Drongo

February, 2006

Barred Cuckoo-shrike
Barred Cuckoo-shrike
Common Bronzewing
Common Bronzewing
 

Collared Sparrowhawk
Immature Collared Sparrowhawk

 

Leaden Flycatcher Leaden Flycatcher
Female Leaden Flycatcher

 


January, 2006

Black-eared Cuckoo
Black-eared Cuckoo in the garden

 

Blue Bonnet
Blue Bonnet

I came across two Bluebonnets this-afternoon, 11 January, not far from home.

 I first saw them in flight, then watched them in a tree for about 40 minutes 
and got quite a few photos. 

 

Blue Bonnet

 

Blue Bonnet

Common Koel
Common Koel
Hot January weather makes the birdbaths especially popular
Little Friarbirds
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin & Silvereye
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Immature and adult Little Friarbird Chestnut-breasted Mannikin and Silvereye





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