Thursday, 26 February 2015

Azure kingfisher

Of all the kingfishers that are found in my area that is the Sunshine coast of QLD the Azure kingfisher is the most striking and is the most secretive. The Sacred kingfisher seams to be an easier kingfisher to approach. This Australian bird when it is spotted is normally sitting on a branch near the water, if you happen to see an Azure kingfisher you will notice that it will be attentively gazing into the waters of the creek in search of small fish or other Crustacea. When this Australian bird spots you. However, it will quickly dart off normally a fairly short distance under 20 meters calling as it goes to its mate to alert it of the danger within the area.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Australian pelican

The Australian pelican travels large distances inland when the centre of the nation is bursting forth with rains that have travelled down from the monsoonal North the great event is a gorging extravaganza and heralds a brief breeding season for the pelican and many species of Australian water birds. But this is a once in a generation event but normally these large Australian birds will breed on islands off shore and can do so any time of the year but this is often determined by rainfall. During the breeding season the pelican will lay in between two to four eggs and may raise a single offspring to maturity.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Australian darter

Watching this Australian bird one notices that it does enjoy the water and equally can be found on a river bank or perched in a tree, facing the sun with its wings stretched out drying itself off. The reason the Australian darter does this is that this is one of the species of Australian bird that does not have waterproofing within its wings and therefore it could be prone to becoming water logged.

The Australian Darter makes a platform nest of branches that it can utilise for several years and these nests are placed in trees above water. Inside these nests can be found up to six offspring at the time of hatching and some of these may make it through to adulthood.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Whistling kite

The Whistling kite's that are in my area can be seen on a daily basis drifting up and down the local water ways in search of an easy meal. Whistling kites can be seen as a single bird or in groups and often in the company of the Brahminy kite or near the White-breasted sea eagle, which it torments as often as it sees fit.

Whistling kite's are a larger raptor 550mm in comparison to the Brahminy kite who is around 450mm. However, Whistling kite's are not considered to be colourful individuals and some consider them to be quite drab, but this is not quite the case, although they do not have a set of striking colours there are many differing shades of brown within their plumage.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Rainbow lorikeet

Life is a very social event to a flock of Rainbow lorikeets. These flocks can number in there thousands and the noise is something that would qualify as noise pollution. Rainbows lorikeets start their morning before the crack of dawn and are still telling each other fabulous stories well after dark, long after other species have tucked themselves under a wing and called it a day.

A rainbow lorikeet can eat a wide variety of different foods including Pollen, nectar, blossoms, fruit, berries, seeds, some insects and their larvae. When eating pollens and nectar the Rainbow lorikeets utilises its tongue which is quite like a brush and it quickly sweeps up the pollen and devours it.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Eastern yellow robin

The Eastern Yellow robin is quite a curious bird and can be prone to come up and take a look. Taking the Eastern Yellow robin's photograph has on occasions been problematic though. It seams that raising your hands with camera in toe towards your eyes does seam to spook them and they seam to then want to be somewhere else.

The Eastern Yellow robin can often be seen hoping around in the undergrowth flying up onto a tree in the sideways position. As per one of the photos that are on my website, and then dart off to snatch another insect from off the ground. The Eastern Yellow robin is the robin that I see the most of all, in this species of bird.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Noisy miner

Noisy miner's are one of our most notable and sociable species of honeyeater's these birds are also known as a Soldier bird and are one of our most prolific birds within its range. If you were to here a disturbance within the natural world around you rest assured the Noisy miner will be at the center of it all, calling to all of his kin and yes they will all arrive. It is not an uncommon site to see a Noisy miner create a panic over the discovery of a bird of prey, a Goanna or even a Tawny frogmouth and the ensuing commotion will result in three or four dozen birds turning up to this one request for back up.