birds a-f

rain dancers

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p1130836The Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo is a cheeky character. This male (sex identified by the hot pink eye ring) is feasting on the flower buds of the banksia tree, a tree native to where I live. Behind it is a she-oak, another native tree the cockatoos fancy. Cockatoos tend to stick together, their loud cawking sounds pre-empting their arrival, and their arrival pre-empting rain. 

chestnut water bird

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P1180484.jpgI spotted this lovely chestnut water bird at Kensington Gardens in London. The information on their website to aid in identifying birds to the Gardens is very limited. The bird is not in my British Wildlife book either.. again this only has a limited coverage of birds. I think it is a Wandering Whistling-Duck at a different stage/gender as the bird in the post below. What do you think? For now I’m filing it in the bird log under WWD.

wandering whistling-duck

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P1180481.jpgWater birds have many haunts, and while the Wandering Whistling-Duck is seen in north/west Australia I snapped this one in Kensington Gardens, London. Easily identified by the chestnut underparts, barred wings and cream side feathers. Not a great capture but as I don’t have another in my bird log making do. 

little black cormorant

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The Little Black Cormorant is around 60-65cm and mainly found in fresh water and estuarine environments throughout mainland Australia and island Tasmania. This one was spotted at North Coast Regional Botanical Gardens in Coffs Harbour on the north coast of NSW, at the fresh water ‘Japanese’ lake.


Bib and Bob aka Pacific Ducks

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So I’m back in the Hood but of course WordPress has changed the setup/layout in my absence! These first forays back will see me finding my feet again! Arn’t these little ducks cute, they seemed a very devoted pair when spotted in a botanical garden. 

pacific black duck

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Well Hi there, it’s been awhile since I stopped by and blogged, having got discouraged last year by a poor internet connection and then distracted by new interests. Time to revisit. P1170538