Saturday, 24 March 2012
Yellow tailed Black Cockatoo's are a very large bird and they have a personality that is as large as their size with a call that matches their stature The Yellow tailed Black cockatoo can grow to almost 70cm in length. Anyone who gets a chance to spend any time with these Birds walks away from the experience very impressed indeed. The Yellow tailed black cockatoo feed on wood Larvae from Eucalypt and Banksias and are very fond of the seed cones of the Banksias, as you can see from one of these Photo's. The Yellow tailed Black Cockatoo's are a bird that is often used as a sign of impending rain and can be quite reliable at times.
Friday, 23 March 2012
Rufous fantails are a petite dainty small fantail and are not nearly as common as their cousin the Grey fantail although their range and habitat can at times overlap and one can be in the company of the other. The Rufous fantail is a very distinct bird with reddish brown rump and eye brow markings.
Thursday, 22 March 2012
Scaly breasted lorikeets are a 23cm lorikeet that frequents similar places that you encounter the Rainbow lorikeet. The Scaly breasted lorikeet is a pale lime green colour and on the breast it also has yellow fish scale markings hence it's name. When this bird reveals its wings there is an explosion of orange red colour that is quite distinct and pretty. Scaly breasted lorikeets are found from Cooktown in NQLD to Illawarra in NSW. This is some 70% of the range and habitat of the Rainbow lorikeet too.
This is the White cheeked honey eater which is not to be confused with the New Holland honeyeater which is similar in markings although the colours are not as saturated in the New Holland honeyeater. The white cheeked honeyeater that is displayed here was photographed in the Heath behind my local beach. On that particular day I never had the opportunity to capture the White cheeked honeyeater with the sun revealing the bird and so we have to settle for a shaded photograph.
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
The Tawny frogmouth is a nocturnal bird that is often thought of as a member of the owl family by many people but this bird is actually a member of the nightjar family. The Tawny frogmouth is a bird I remember very well from my child hood I lived on a farm and at night these bird would swoop at insects illuminated by my fathers car lights.
Willie wagtail's are a member of the flycatcher family these are all birds that build a cup shaped nest , both parents look after and share their parenting duties. Often a pair of Willie wagtail's will produce more than one clutch during a season sometimes utilising the same nest. Willie wagtails will breed from Winter until the end of Summer.