Saturday, 19 April 2014

The call went out

A busy time not allowing much action with the camera and there has been little in the way of new exciting subjects. However that is not much of an excuse as even the everyday subjects are worth new angles.
But today a promising photo opportunity was announced as I was going to let the chooks out for their afternoon foraging. On my way to their yard my attention was drawn by lots of birds giving warning calls and looking up to where they were coming from found a Brown Goshawk perched on a branch and quite unconcerned at all the ruckus around it. Went to get the camera thinking that it would probably be gone when I got back but found it had stayed put and was unfazed by my presence.

 
My previous posting of a Brown Goshawk was a fuzzy long distance shot and I am still not certain of the identification thinking it may have been a Collared Sparrowhawk as the tail although roundish has a slight fork which is one of the means of identifying between the two. This one has a definite rounded tail and the broad barring on the breast is indicative of a young bird.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Golden feed stop

Our Grevillea "Honey Gem" is in full flower and is proving to be a regular feeding stop for many of our birds, particularly the honeyeaters. Throughout the day they flit in and out spending just enough time to top up their energy. The wrens like the one below are early arrivals to supplement their insect diet with a sip of nectar and maybe pick up and insect or two that are also after the nectar.
The honeyeaters of various species are often feeding together but the arrival of one of the larger birds will cause a sudden departure of the smaller cousins.
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater
Lewin Honeyeater
Striated Thornbill
White-cheeked Honyeater
 

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Dead Fiddler

This morning I found a dead Fiddler Beetle Eupoecila australasiae of the Scarab family, that had probably been washed out of the tree tops by the very heavy rain we had overnight. It is such a wonderfully patterned a colourful beetle I thought I should put it on the blog today.


Thursday, 27 February 2014

Expecting rain

The forecast is for rain and we will be thankful if we get a reasonable fall, however looking at the forecast on a website is not the only indicator that rain is on the way. We have lots of ants coming inside the house, looking to build their larder supply and I noticed a couple of Striped Marsh Frogs sitting next to the ponds ready to start calling when the rain starts. 


Mating will be their main interest and the right conditions for the tadpoles to grow. Until now we have not seen many frogs this season due to the very dry summer but looks like we are about to see a move to wetter conditions.


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Not much olive

We had a visit from a pair of young Olive-backed Orioles and they had me a bit confused as to their identity for awhile as they don't have the adult plumage, eye colour or beak colour. 
After a bit of checking it seems that they do not develop the adult plumage for about a year.