cheeky visitors

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P1190347.jpgRainbow lorikeets are common birds here in Australia, and they can become very bold, like a pair who came right to the glass door of the place I was housesitting and peered in at me, chattering non-stop, until I relented and gave them some food… a practice I don’t normally do for wild birds, but one they were used to by the home owner and clearly expected. It did give a lovely opportunity though to snap some close photos.

young mute swan (& Canada goose)

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P1180479.jpgWhile I have photographed black swans here in Australia I was delighted to spot this young Mute Swan resting in Kensington Gardens, London, on a trip to the UK last year. Mute Swan adults are all white with orange-red beaks, they are the heaviest flying birds in the world, weighing up to 15 kilos. Contrary to its name the Mute Swan produces a range of vocalisations, including the hissing sound swans are famous for when threatened. The friend in the background is a Canada Goose.

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.