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Drongos are black birds with elongated tail feathers that turn outwards and resemble a fish-tail. This one is a juvenile Spangled Drongo, identifiable by the brown eye and brownish feathers. When an adult it will have a red eye and iridescent blue spangles on its breast. They are common along the east and north coasts of Australia and can usually be seen on a prominent perch or in erratic darting flight.

Juvenile Rainbow Lorikeet in contemplation.

Juvenile Rainbow Lorikeet in contemplation.


Lorikeets are small to medium size parrots coming in around 25-30 cm. They have brush-tipped tongues for gathering nectar and pollens from flowers and will happily share blossom rich trees with other species. This pair are part of a small flock that visit my mother’s garden in Sydney, Australia, many of whom have gotten bold enough to settle in the sun on the verandah railing.


(male) Suphur-crested Cockatoo

(male) Suphur-crested Cockatoo

Sorry about the over-exposure, those white feathers were tricky but I just loved the pose.


I adore the cockatoos as they have such personalities. They are in fact large parrots and can be just as noisy as they tend to hang together in large flocks and screech loudly at each other. This variety is around 50 cm, and is all white except for the long yellow crest, hence its name the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo. I spied this male (identifiable by the black eye as females have a ruby-red eye) at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney where it was happily feeding on a prolific flowering banksia tree.


Most birds tend to keep their distance from other species unless they are protecting their young, but this Rainbow Bee-eater and White-cheeked Honeyeater were quite content to share the same perch while they took in the sights.


The Red-backed Fairy-wrens are tiny birds around 12 cm top to tail. They are the smallest of the Fairy-wrens and are found in tropical and sub-tropical woodland with grass understory. The black one with a red back is the male while the female is the plainer brown.  P1090241

More often than not in the same location (Moonee Beach Nature Reserve on the north coast of NSW) we see the lovely blue (male) Superb Fairy-wren or perhapes the Variegated Fairy-wrens at play. 


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