Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Birds Birds Birds

...and Birds

Here are some shots I took while out and about. All were taken between today with the exception of the Fairywren which was taken in the backyard on Saturday.

The Tern Is probably just Crested Tern - Sterna bergii although it isn't very crested so I might double check that one later.

One I did not manage to photograph was a Swamp Harrier, the first I've seen this Spring.It was probably a male given it relatively light brown appearance. Most Swamp Harriers migrate north for the winter so this one had likely just returned.

(Click to see larger versions)

Rainbow Lorikeet - Trichoglossus moluccanus - on Banksia

Galah - Eolophus roseicapilla

Little Wattlebird - Anthochaera chrysopteraon - feeding on Banksia

Little Wattlebird - Anthochaera chrysopteraon - feeding on Banksia

Superb Fairywren - Malurus cyaneus

Crested Tern - Sterna bergii (?)


  1. Again. simply stunning shots, Mosura. I am really enjoying your "birding". Thumbs up!

    (Incidentally, I boo-booed with the Jelly Bells. Error corrected on relevant page!) :-)

  2. Thanks JL - Glad you're enjoying them.

  3. Me too. Soooo glad you got that lens. (-: My favourite is the Lorikeet, the way it is peeping out amongst the pine needles is great.

  4. Hi Mosura.
    I am amazed that the Rainbow Lorikeets have made it across Bass Strait.
    Lovely photos.
    Tern does not look dark enough on the head to be a Crested, to my mind. I am not an expert, but I did a quick check, and it seemed different from the standard images available.

  5. Nice shots Mosura. Your pics are getting better and better!

  6. Great photos again. The Little Wattlebird has proven a difficult one for me to photograph. It has stayed up in the canopy well out of reach of my lens. Your photos of this bird are especially good.

  7. Yeah, great shots Mosura. Nice birds hey?

  8. All great shots, but the wren is tops. They're so difficult to catch, always on the move, you almost have to focus on a spot where you hope they'll hop to next in order to capture them. Shutter speed has to be fast to to freeze that tail.

  9. Thanks Jenny - Glad you like them. Those 'pine needles' are actually Banksia leaves like the ones in the Wattlebird shots.

    Thanks Denis - There are records of Rainbow Lorikeet in Tasmania back to at least 1842 and it's on the official Tasmanian list as a rare bird. However, there are two parks in Burnie and Ulverstone where they can be found fairly easily.

    Thanks Warren - Thanks for the compliment. I took some pretty bad shots last night which I'll post later on.

    Thanks Mick - I've had a lot of trouble getting a Little Wattle bird but this one behaved quite well.

    Thanks Gouldiae - They certainly are nice birds. Glad you like the pics.

  10. Thanks Duncan - You snuck in with a comment while I was replying to the others. The hardest thing with that wren shot was waiting for it to go far enough away for me to be able to focus. I was standing behind a retaining wall with just my head and camera sticking up and it was hoping about just a metre in front of me. Unfortunately the macro lens was back down at the house :-)

  11. Umm... well actually I don't know what it was 'hoping' for but it was certainly 'hopping' :-)

  12. Beautiful photos of beautiful models! Amazing detail on the Wren.

  13. Thanks tilcheff - Much appreciated.

  14. John TongueAugust 23, 2008

    Didn't realise there were Rainbow Lorikeets in Burnie as well as here in Ulverstone. They have been recorded as rare or vagrant for some time, but it seems they have been breeding up lately, and given the problem they have become in some parts of the mainland, like Perth, WA, they are currently being targetted by DPIW for control. We have been trying to attract them in to feed here in Ulverstone, for some time, to help with that control, but most of our flock seem to be off somewhere else (nesting?) at the moment, so not having much luck.

  15. Thanks John - The Rainbow Lorikeets have been in Burnie since at least June 2006 when I arrived.

    As for Ulverstone, I seen three flying over the Park just the other day (19th). Don't know the name of the park - the one near the river mouth and beach with the bandstand.

    Are they not to be considered a natural coloniser given their repeated sighting over the last 160 years?

  16. John TongueAugust 24, 2008

    Hi Mosura, that beachside park is a regular spot for them, but so are lots of areas around Ulverstone. I think they are in Devonport, too, but haven't been able to confirm that. They are thought of as self-colonisers, in small numbers over long periods, but the thought is that these have been radically supplemented by Aviary escapees, and are now breeding up in quite large and alarming numbers in various areas. I have come across one group of 31 here in Ulverstone, where there had only ever been about half a dozen for many years. Given their track record in places like Perth, WA, PArks and Wildife, DPIW, Bards Tas, and Swift PArrot researchers at Tas Uni are quite concerned about what unchecked population explosion may cause.

  17. Thanks John - Speaking of escapees did you see my Ulverstone 'Little Corella' ?

    My theory on Rainbow Lorikeets, based on no scientific facts whatever, was that wild birds may have been breeding up dues to a combination of milder weather and more "year round" food plants in places such as our parks.

    Of course that does not negate amy potential problems but it would reflect on their status.

    I've only seen the Burnie birds in Romaine Park.