birds where i live

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I have a new camera and took it out today to a place called Look At Me Now Headland which is part of Moonee Beach Nature Reserve just north of Coffs Harbour in NSW. 

The first bird I came to was sitting in the branches of a banksia singing a beautiful song. I have always called these birds honey eaters but having consulted my bird book I can’t find one that resembles it, instead I found it looks nearly identical to a red wattlebird minus the red around the eye. As you can see the colouring gives them perfect camouflage.

The next birds I spotted were a pair of Laughing Kookaburras. They were sitting in a dead tree checking out the view. Kookaburras are very Australian and most children grow up singing the ditty ”Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree merry merry king of the bush is he … laugh kookabura.. laugh kookaburra … gay your life must be”… growing up with laughing birds probably accounts for Australians thinking life should be a rollicking ride.

The next bird I came across was on the headland where most of the ground is tough grass with a few wild flowers. Its called a white-faced heron and they are very common all over Australia. As you can see they are very slender and have long yellow legs.

These two were on opposite sides of the headland pecking around looking for small insects. They are wonderfully elegant arn’t they!

Hope you enjoy them.


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