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The Bigfella
05-10-2016, 03:23 AM
I was looking for some other photos (my filing is horrible... I used to rely on a photographic memory to know where everything is... but the film seems blurred these days).. and I found some bird photos.

These are mostly from my yard or close by. A few I'll post were taken at the boat mooring.

First up, a Tawny Frogmouth. We used to have a pet one of these when I was a kid. It'd fallen about 70' from it's nest and the foxes would have snaffled it, so Dad brought it home. They are a more closely related to the Nightjars, rather than the Owls... and they lack the strong talons of the Owls. There are three species of these in Australia. I've seen the largest of them in Sumatra too (a species we don't get here)


Nocturnal, rarely seen during the day. They sit close in to a tree trunk and don't move.

The Bigfella
05-10-2016, 04:37 AM
We always have a few Kookaburras around. A bird whose voice is often heard in Hollywood movies.... any time they want a jungle noise. Two species of these in Oz. The one up north has much bluer wings.... no photos of it though. These are both in my yard.



The Bigfella
05-10-2016, 04:48 AM
This one's just outside the fence. Damn hard to get a shot of these, although I see them all the time. They don't seem to like my camera. Speaking of which, most of these photos were done on the old Nikon D100 camera that I drowned at the end of 2011. I'll get to birds "shot" with the D7000 at some stage. Two lenses used, both zooms from Nikon. 18-200 and 80-400. Nothing special in the way of glass. That 400 is 600 mm-equivalent on these bodies.

Hand held means that they aren't crystal sharp.... just happy snaps. Some of them, like this two, are significantly cropped


Here's an interesting trio. I was working on the boat, on the mooring, and heard them. They are the endangered / vulnerable . I'd love to get a better shot of them...


05-10-2016, 08:11 AM
My wife went on a raptor count a couple of weeks ago. Never used a spotting scope before and liked it. Any reccomendation for a good, but not too pricey one?

The Bigfella
05-10-2016, 08:37 AM
I've got a pair of reasonable binoculars (Pentax) that I bought about 35 years ago, but I rarely carry them because I'm mostly traveling by motorbike. I've had a few cheaper scopes and never used them more than once or twice. These days, I take a shot and zoom in on the camera screen to see what something is. Found myself doing a lot of that when I was helping a mate with his mapping recently too... shoot a sign and zoom in on it rather than go nearer.

Anyone else?

Meanwhile... the Galah


This one was trying to scrape out a nesting hollow in one of our trees. Got a bit dirty. I don't think they succeeded. The Rainbow Lorikeets use this hollow now


05-10-2016, 01:15 PM
Beautiful, beautiful birds.

05-10-2016, 04:45 PM
Wild turkeys are abundant here this year. We see them almost daily and welcome their bug eating behavior.

The Bigfella
05-10-2016, 06:09 PM
Wild turkeys you say? We call these the Scrub Turkey - although they are properly called the Australian Brush Turkey.

From the Megapodidae family - they aren't at all closely related to your US Turkey. These folks build a large mound and the eggs are laid in it for incubation. The mound this guy made (male makes it) was about 4 metres across and about a metre, or more high. He raked material for it from 50 metres all around.

Supposedly near extinct in 1930, they are fairly common now. This guy moved on after no females turned up. We see the occasional one come through now. Here he is in non-breeding and breeding plumage. Overall length - near on 30"



05-10-2016, 06:56 PM
Wild turkeys are abundant here this year. We see them almost daily and welcome their bug eating behavior.

Same here. Enjoyed watching four toms and six hens this morning. Dominant tom was putting on quite the display. They've been strutting and gobbling for about a month now, though less gobbling lately. Cracks me up when the hens ignore 'the big show' and the tom will try to impress anything else that happens to be around; donkeys, cat, people.

Also glad to see the resident raven pair has been successful in hatching some chicks this year after two failed years. They have at least three chicks that I've been able to see. I wanted to put a camera up when I discovered where they were building their nest this year but couldn't decide on a good setup. Thinking some kind of solar powered wifi setup would be the way to go. Anyone have any recommendations for such?

Last year I climbed up to their nest when I realized it had failed. It was about 87 feet up. Actually I climbed twice but quit at about 60 feet up the first time due to the wind. Swaying in the tree that I was clinging to wasn't so bad, but all the other trees swaying around in different directions was messing with my head. Didn't find much in the nest, just some broken shell.



Ha. One year ago today from the date stamps

The Bigfella
05-10-2016, 09:14 PM
Nice climb.

Spin's comment about beautiful birds is right when it comes to parrots in Oz.

Here's a few of the local Rainbow Lorikeets


Mum (left) and Dad, with his head up too, whilst the kids dig in



The Bigfella
05-10-2016, 10:43 PM
Gee, I'm into the dull ones now... although these are beautiful when they get their adult plumage. This is an immature White-breasted Sea Eagle, over the boat.


The Bigfella
05-12-2016, 12:02 AM
Speaking of dull... how's a Noisy Miner?


05-12-2016, 07:53 AM
Saw a Western Tanager. Only ten have been reported in Pennsylvania since 1980

The Bigfella
05-12-2016, 09:38 AM
Saw a Western Tanager. Only ten have been reported in Pennsylvania since 1980

Lovely looking bird....


The Bigfella
05-12-2016, 09:19 PM
Some more from Oz. Any more from other folks?

Old mate here was hiding up in the Turpentines... making it hard to get a shot of him



These shots were around nesting season... hence the woodstain on his/her white feathers


Keith Wilson
05-12-2016, 10:32 PM
Something completely different: a flock of a dozen or so wild turkeys has moved into our neighborhood. Here are some of them in my front yard last winter. They're loud and pretty much fearless. It's not a very good photo; I'll see if I can find a better one.

https://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3dd20b3127ccef2d69dd2694000000030O00BYsmzNu4aMQ e3nwE/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00104873621020130301184326300.JPG/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

Jimmy W
05-12-2016, 10:47 PM
Mockingbird, the state bird of both Georgia and Mississippi.


Jimmy W
05-12-2016, 10:49 PM
Downy Woodpecker


Jimmy W
05-12-2016, 10:51 PM
Red Bellied Woodpecker with Cardinal in background.

http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd41/jimmywga/Red-bellied%20Woodpecker%20with%20Cardinal_zpsiohripqg .jpg

Jimmy W
05-12-2016, 10:53 PM
White Breasted Nuthatch


Jimmy W
05-12-2016, 10:58 PM
Who can ID this one?


Jimmy W
05-12-2016, 11:10 PM
Northern Harrier


Jimmy W
05-12-2016, 11:13 PM
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd41/jimmywga/Ruby%20Throated%20Hummingbird%20female_zpschvewzmr .jpg

Jimmy W
05-12-2016, 11:16 PM
Wild Turkey


The Bigfella
05-12-2016, 11:21 PM
Who can ID this one?


Similar species here are often known as LBJs... and no, nothing dirty... Little Brown Jobbies. We get a lot of small brown birds up high, 30+ metres up, in the eucalyptus canopies. LBJs.

Jimmy W
05-12-2016, 11:26 PM
I'm familiar with LBJs, but hope someone can get a better ID.

The Bigfella
05-12-2016, 11:37 PM
Maybe an immature Ash-throated Flycatcher

or more likely a Gray Flycatcher


Mike H
05-13-2016, 07:54 AM
Who can ID this one?
Tufted Titmouse

Jimmy W
05-13-2016, 09:41 AM
Who can ID this one?
Tufted Titmouse
Thanks, Mike.

Jimmy W
05-13-2016, 09:54 AM
I posted this in another thread recently.



The Bigfella
05-13-2016, 04:54 PM
Crested pigeon


Damn silly things... they used to get into the chookhouse through the open gate, then start knocking themselves around trying to get out through the wire.

Fluffy things.


05-13-2016, 05:02 PM
I'm not a birder who keeps a life list or arranges vacations around migrations, but I am enjoying this thread thoroughly!

Thank you all!

Jimmy W
05-13-2016, 05:32 PM
There was a Carolina wren sharing the feeder with both the male and female Downy Woodpeckers today, but I didn't get a decent photo of the three together.


The Bigfella
05-17-2016, 03:19 AM
Not mine. I've only ever seen hummingbirds once.... funnily enough, on a business trip to California


The Bigfella
05-30-2016, 03:55 PM
Not my gif, but I like it. I used to feed a family of Kookaburras when I was a kid. They'd come and sit on your knee when you were on the back step, waiting for their feed


The Bigfella
06-04-2016, 05:29 AM
Damn frustrating things, these backyard birds. We get less in the yard with two large dogs there now... but they still come through. I saw the local pair of Eastern Rosellas land in a little heritage patch of Ironbarks we have in the yard (yeah, on the register with the local council... protected trees, which suits us fine).... in a brief respite from the rain.

I had to switch lenses and sneak to a spot where I could get them... from inside the back door. Nervous critters around here (not always the case)... and I only got a couple of seconds with them in a clear spot.

Just about to do fine focus with the manual ring, because of the overlapping leaves.... and they scarpered.

Yeah... got it... unfocused. Don't you hate that?

I've put a texture over it here... I just want to show the colours. Pure white, bright red, gold, greens, bright blue, black. Fabulous birds


One from the web

https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSoylqYJWAKXnHwNINmL6ikfChB3tdul yeeaKpYwMgfjn1X9WXH

The Bigfella
06-13-2016, 04:33 AM
I took this shot this afternoon, from my lounge chair. It's a male King Parrot, sitting on our deck chairs on the, ahem, deck. I was a bit crook, and the missus refused me permission to stalk it, so... this is taken from my lounge chair, through the glass door. 200mm lens... shot at 1/25 and f5.6. That's my wife's shoulder corrupting the bottom left corner.


06-13-2016, 04:54 AM
Excellent photos Ian!

I've been trying to get a shot of an uncooperative Ground Thrush for three weeks now to no avail.

06-15-2016, 02:53 PM
No photo, but a turkey has been nesting in the tall grass along the road back to our home. She pops her head up when I drive by. My wife said that she saw the little ones out and about, which is something I would like to see.

06-16-2016, 01:06 AM
I've had a handsome cock pheasant wandering around my backyard recently. He has fattened up considerably since I first noticed him.
I cant get a decent shot of him with my phone, and I am not going to buy a decent camera just for him. He is welcome here nevertheless, as at this time I dont have any young plants in the ground for him to deal to.

Jimmy W
06-16-2016, 01:43 AM
Nice photos!

No photos, but yesterday I watched crows and grackles "mob" a raven. Little, medium and large black birds, one of which was the foe. I have never seen a raven on the east side of North America, and it was an easy ID with an adjacent crow for comparison.

You can find ravens in the mountains of north Georgia, but only above 3000 feet or so elevation. Even up there they are pretty rare, but are recognizable by their call.

06-16-2016, 01:47 AM
I got a robin's nest sitting on top of hose reel. Every day we whistle to each other.

Jimmy W
06-18-2016, 11:56 PM
Juvenile Eastern Towhee


06-19-2016, 09:52 AM
Sorry, no pictures. A hummingbird was in the back yard yesterday AM and the gold finches are out and about. I saw the baby turkeys yesterday morning. It's a sunny weekend. Now, if I could get rid of the ground hog...

The Bigfella
06-19-2016, 08:24 PM
These guys are almost invisible around the yard :d



That's an Australian Magpie. We have three varieties, the Black-backed, White-backed and Western. That's a Black-backed... the only variety we get here. I used to feed a family of them when I was a teenager. Raw meat. They get quite tame. I just shot those pics from the verandah with a 200mm lens

They range in size from 14.5" to 17" in length, with a 26-34" wingspan. Their greatest claim to fame is their delightful warble. Along with the Butcherbird and Kookaburra, they make dawn here delightful

Here's an audio file of their warble, from wiki. Not the clearest I've heard, but it gives the general idea


06-19-2016, 08:26 PM
I love magpies! We don't have them in the Eastern US.

06-20-2016, 02:16 AM
Not my backyard :)


06-20-2016, 02:17 AM



06-20-2016, 02:19 AM
Costa Rica backyard...






06-20-2016, 02:21 AM
Arctic backyard...http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/photography/phalarope-1.jpg


06-20-2016, 02:23 AM
Spin Drifts backyard (Homer Spit)


06-20-2016, 02:24 AM
My actual back yard...





06-20-2016, 02:40 AM
Excellent photos Brian !!!!

and that's hard on a tree's bark, does it kill the tree ?

06-20-2016, 07:38 AM
Not sure if this will upload, but it's a recording of a songthrush that has taken up residence around my boat this spring. I've seen him through the sights of my air rifle, a very handsome boy. I don't have a decent telephoto, so no pics unfortunately.


The Bigfella
06-20-2016, 07:55 AM
Not sure if this will upload, but it's a recording of a songthrush that has taken up residence around my boat this spring. I've seen him through the sights of my air rifle, a very handsome boy. I don't have a decent telephoto, so no pics unfortunately.


Great recording, thanks for that

Jimmy W
07-29-2016, 06:18 PM
Finally got a somewhat decent photo of the male Eastern Towhee. He will not stop moving for long.


07-29-2016, 06:36 PM
A pair of wild turkeys have been hanging around the neighborhood. They tend to run when a car approaches. I can't get over how they remind me of dinosaurs every time they run with their wings partly out and heads forward.

Also, the Canada geese family by the town pond is growing up fast. It's hard to tell the chicks from the parents.

07-29-2016, 09:32 PM

Waxeye or silvereye, Zosterops lateralis, Maori name: Tauhou. I saved this little guy from the cat after he got knocked out by hitting the ranchslider. I nursed him in my hands for a few minutes until he revived .

Most NZ birds have quite subtle colouring that is beautiful when viewed up close.

Unfortunately just a snapshot from a phone camera.

07-29-2016, 09:36 PM
One of the birds we get in Oz as well as NZ.

07-29-2016, 09:41 PM
On my desk, he just flew in and checked things out...... a King Parrot.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t487/PeteronTweed/P9230145.jpg (http://s1062.photobucket.com/user/PeteronTweed/media/P9230145.jpg.html)

The Bigfella
07-29-2016, 09:55 PM
On my desk, he just flew in and checked things out...... a King Parrot.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t487/PeteronTweed/P9230145.jpg (http://s1062.photobucket.com/user/PeteronTweed/media/P9230145.jpg.html)

That's nice... a whole file with my initials on it :d

That Silvereye would be another of the birds that blew in from Oz and managed to establish over there. Like some Rosellas, Magpies, etc. Must've been quite the ride across the Tasman.

Yep - from wiki

In New Zealand, the silvereye was first recorded in 1832. It arrived in greater numbers in 1856, and it is assumed that a migrating flock was swept eastwards by a storm.[2] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvereye#cite_note-2) As an apparently self-introduced bird it is protected as a native New Zealand species. Its Māori (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%81ori_language) name, tauhou, means "stranger" or more literally, "new arrival".

07-29-2016, 10:43 PM
Yes, they have adapted well.

08-08-2016, 11:53 PM
A Regent Bower Bird.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t487/PeteronTweed/P9290109.jpg (http://s1062.photobucket.com/user/PeteronTweed/media/P9290109.jpg.html)

08-09-2016, 12:28 AM
A Regent Bower Bird.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t487/PeteronTweed/P9290109.jpg (http://s1062.photobucket.com/user/PeteronTweed/media/P9290109.jpg.html)

I saw one today up at ML's. In 39 years I have only ever seen one at my place and ML has two hanging around!

The Bigfella
08-09-2016, 01:27 AM
A Regent Bower Bird.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t487/PeteronTweed/P9290109.jpg (http://s1062.photobucket.com/user/PeteronTweed/media/P9290109.jpg.html)

Excellent. I have one here, but he's a bit, ahem, stuffed.

08-09-2016, 01:30 AM
I have one here too, not that one in the photo though.....I took that photo at O'Reilly in Lamington National Park. The one here is photographically uncooperative .

The Bigfella
08-13-2016, 11:25 PM
This one is a frontyard bird. Di and I were out front yesterday and a pair of what I think are dark phase Little Eagles came over. By the time I grabbed the camera, they were 100 metres away. I only had the 200mm lens on, so these shots are heavily cropped. It is possible that these birds are Whistling Kites, which I know we also get here, but I'm thinking more likely the Little Eagle, as they weren't whistling at all.

As a matter of interest, I just found a white rabbit's head, bit of skin/fur and the large intestine in the front yard. All close together, so I'd say they sat about 80' up and ate it. I'll spare you that photo... these three are all the same bird, which I chased up the road a bit




David G
08-14-2016, 12:00 AM
No fotos from me, either, but as I sat in the back yard tonight - listening to dinner sizzle - we had 3-4 hummers at the feeder, and a mob of crows headed home for the evening. I stopped counting at 60... and they still kept coming. Maybe twice that number. Sweet moment.

Rob Hazard
08-14-2016, 05:01 AM
Our resident backyard Cardinal chose to wake me this morning at 04:14.

"Booyt, booyt, booyt! Beew, Beew!"

Then 20 minutes of silence...

Then he did it again.

A handsome bird is the Cardinal, but his handsomeness is lost on me at 04:14.

08-17-2016, 05:20 PM
I counted 20 wild turkeys just now walking through the back yard and eating as they go. There were 2 adults and the rest smaller juvies. I didn't realize they had that many fry!

The Bigfella
09-11-2016, 04:48 AM
I got a couple of shots of the Eastern Rosellas checking out the nest hole in the front yard today. Not super sharp, but they'll do, given I was out there concreting




09-11-2016, 07:10 AM

The Bigfella
09-11-2016, 06:27 PM
They are rather easy on the eye, aren't they. This pair are more nervous than some I've seen. They are difficult to get a clear shot at when in the trees. This one was before I switched to manual focus. I'm shooting with an 80-400 zoom here at full extension, no cropping.


He was only about 15 - 20' above ground, so easy to get... if I could see him through the gum leaves.

This guy, an Australian Wood Duck, a few minutes ago was altogether more difficult. This was shot with the lens pulled back a tad and on manual focus... and cropped down a little bit. I missed...


The best shot I got of him, which I'm not happy with, was this one. Full zoom and he's about 50' up, no cropping


The Bigfella
01-07-2017, 04:50 AM
The King Parrots were feeding in the trees just outside the loungeroom today.


This is a male, feeding one of the young ones


The male again, checking out the Port Wine Magnolia


01-07-2017, 06:05 AM
Beautiful, please keep sharing your photos!

Jimmy W
01-07-2017, 12:53 PM
Mocking bird just outside my window this morning. Shot with cheap phone camera through two panes of glass and a window screen. That SE snow isn't affecting the Mississippi delta.


01-07-2017, 01:08 PM
I am enjoying this thread so much! Please keep them coming.

Old Dryfoot
01-07-2017, 01:57 PM
A Blue Heron sitting on my roof.


The only in frame, close to focused picture I have of a Hummingbird. This was taken at 250mm @ a distance of around 50 or 60 feet. . . one day I'll manage a photograph of one.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/lNyHSTWm7wHy3hW_3unGulFHtttxKBXWiYjgMy8dAOpbmLrjCX QtwxILYIIEj26WGRgNN479MluAMw=w1600-h900-no


https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/KHhCHxH1D83oEKEp6ciWoQx97Y9l5SaOqcE05A5badffmPM3b2 t8dulu3AillbfMrFUfeOY-luuDvg=w1600-h900-no





S/V Laura Ellen
01-07-2017, 03:42 PM

Our birds are very relaxed, I think this one is already de-boned.

Old Dryfoot
01-07-2017, 04:47 PM
This bird has visited my job site twice. It's a resident of one of the local parks.

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amish rob
01-07-2017, 05:10 PM
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h62/kitchenfiddle/20150601_074015_zpsvptyuq5e.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/kitchenfiddle/media/20150601_074015_zpsvptyuq5e.jpg.html)
Guess where I live? :) Thank goodness for junk sheds, eh?


The Bigfella
01-07-2017, 05:20 PM
These weren't in my backyard, they were in the yard (on the carport roof, actually) of the Airb'nb we stayed at in Nimbin recently.

Backside.... which is the side that makes the hypnotic rattling sound




01-07-2017, 07:16 PM
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h62/kitchenfiddle/20150601_074015_zpsvptyuq5e.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/kitchenfiddle/media/20150601_074015_zpsvptyuq5e.jpg.html)
Guess where I live? :) Thank goodness for junk sheds, eh?


Rob, California quail are not uncommon where I live in NZ. I often hear them before I see them, babaco babaco! Nice little families of them.

amish rob
01-07-2017, 07:26 PM
Rob, California quail are not uncommon where I live in NZ. I often hear them before I see them, babaco babaco! Nice little families of them.
Excellent! I just adore the little lines of them. And your impression.


Jimmy W
01-07-2017, 08:29 PM
Not in my back yard, but not too far away. These were taken this afternoon. Mainly snow geese, but snow geese are very variable. There are white-morphs and blue-morphs and the adults of both look different from the juveniles. This was within a few miles of the Mississippi River in a harvested corn field. They were spread out over at least a half mile of field.





Jimmy W
01-09-2017, 10:05 PM
Ring-billed Gulls?


Jimmy W
01-09-2017, 10:11 PM
Great Blue Heron





01-09-2017, 11:20 PM
I used to rely on a photographic memory to know where everything is... but the film seems blurred these days).. and I found some bird photos.

Hi there Ian I have the same problem as to the photographic memory. some loss of recent visual slides and video in my head but uncanny amplification of my audio memory and the ability to remember someone even on recognise their voice from a move 30 years ago.

The Bigfella
01-09-2017, 11:31 PM
Jimmy's shot with the bare trees reminded me that I hadn't got around to uploading some shots from a recent road trip. These aren't birds, they are flying foxes - a mammal. These bats have a wingspan of about one metre and weigh about a kilogram (3.3' and 2.2lbs). Fairly sure these are the Grey-headed Flying Fox, one of the four Australian species.





The population has declined significantly in recent years and is believed down to 200,000 - 300,000. I've eaten them in a restaurant, about 12 years ago... but wouldn't touch one now, both for species vulnerability reasons and because they are known to carry Lyssavirus

Jimmy W
01-16-2017, 11:38 PM
Double-crested Cormorants in Cypress tree.

http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd41/jimmywga/Double-crested%20Cormorants%20Grand%20Lake_zps53n1gqkp.jp g

White pelicans with Double Crested Cormorants and ducks.

http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd41/jimmywga/Double-crested%20Cormorants%20with%20White%20Pelicans%20a nd%20ducks_zpswlmuicfi.jpg

amish rob
01-18-2017, 11:48 PM
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h62/kitchenfiddle/IMG_1531_zpsr6dax5cv.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/kitchenfiddle/media/IMG_1531_zpsr6dax5cv.jpg.html)

This is one one of my prized possessions.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h62/kitchenfiddle/IMG_1532_zps4xpjz9wu.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/kitchenfiddle/media/IMG_1532_zps4xpjz9wu.jpg.html)

It's a hummingbird nest that was abandoned in our yard. She built it on a string of lights on our porch. She never came back, and nor did anyone else.

We have tons in our new place. There are several nests around here. Birds is neat...


The Bigfella
03-27-2017, 01:11 AM
Not quite in my backyard, in fact, about 100 km up the Putty Road from it.... but I do get these at home. In fact, I wake to their call most mornings. This is a Grey Butcherbird, named for their habit of keeping meat in a larder of sorts... they will impale some meat / insects on a thorn for later consumption.


This one scored some of the mince from my hamburger today. We took a nice midday Monday run up the Putty to the Grey Gum Cafe.

Not my video... but here's some calls


Jimmy W
03-27-2017, 01:35 AM
This isn't my photo, but when young, I remember seeing Loggerhead Shrikes and lizards, grasshoppers, etc that they had impaled on barbed wire fences. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology says that their numbers have dropped sharply in the last half-century. It has been a long time since I saw one, but I haven't been living in the same area.


The Bigfella
05-04-2017, 12:11 AM
Here's a fairly common one. A pair of Spur-winged Plovers.... now officially known as Masked Lapwing, but we grew up with the former name. These things are a menace at times, they will dive bomb you during nesting season. They lay their eggs on the ground.


Crappy phone photo... zoomed and cropped. At one stage the nearest bird was only about 2 metres from me, on the boat ramp... but until he got this far away, he was always back on to me.

A better photo from the web... showing the mask and the spurs


05-04-2017, 08:12 AM
I used to rely on a photographic memory to know where everything is... but the film seems blurred these days).. and I found some bird photos.

Hi there Ian I have the same problem as to the photographic memory. some loss of recent visual slides and video in my head but uncanny amplification of my audio memory and the ability to remember someone even on recognise their voice from a move 30 years ago.

PHOTO LIBRARY MANAGEMENT (Add this to the Posting-Photos how-to?)

02-07-2018, 12:33 PM
These photos were not taken in my backyard, although we had one living in our garden for a couple of months a few years ago, but I think the neighbourhood got a little to busy. It is an African Eagle Owl. Photos taken by my sister in law in a reservation close by.


Zooming in


If it wasn't for the eyes you would miss it completely


Rob Hazard
02-07-2018, 01:25 PM
Those Owl photos are incredible! If it weren't for the eyes, it'd be totally invisible!

Robbie 2
02-07-2018, 09:24 PM
Fantastic camouflage on that owl.

Jimmy W
02-07-2018, 11:20 PM
I saw a Hooded Merganser down the road today. A neat duck. I didn't get a photo, but got a very good view.


The Bigfella
07-22-2018, 06:40 PM
Paula and I did a mid-winter bike ride yesterday, up to the Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens. Didn't have anything other than a phone camera... which is fine until one wants to zoom....

Saw some interesting birds. This is a Bassian Thrush


An Eastern Yellow Robin


A White-browed Scrub Wren


It got quite close to where I was sitting, but they are a small, fast moving bird.


The Scrub Wren and the Robin didn't mind foraging together


The Bigfella
07-22-2018, 06:47 PM
A shot from the Botanical Gardens, looking east towards Sydney. The outer parts of Sydney are about 25 km from this point, as the crow flies, and the CBD about 80-85 km.


07-22-2018, 06:57 PM
Speaking of birds impaled on thorns, though I don't think this was the work of a butcher bird, more likely the fact that the box thorn is an introduced plant: