Friday, 20 January 2017

Fairy-wrens, Bronze-cuckoos, Baby Quails, and a Spectacular Waterfall

1. Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)

The Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) would have to be one of Australia's most loved garden birds. They are found in south-eastern Australia from southern Queensland through to Adelaide as well as Tasmania.  In the breeding season the males develop their beautiful blue and black plumage. It is mainly insectivorous  but will also eat some seeds. Getting film has proven challenging as they have a tendency to dart of in random directions when foraging for food.  Hopefully I'll get some better shots in the future.



( Superb Fairy-wren  - Click the play button)

2. Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus)
 
This Shining Bronze-cuckoo in my backyard is an insectivorous bird. It is particularly known for feeding on hairy caterpillars which many other birds will not touch. Like other cuckoos it is a parasitic bird and will lay a single egg in the hosts nest. In my area hosts include Thornbills and Fairy-wrens. They are a summer migrants here in Tasmania and in winter will travel to northern Australia and Papua New Guinea.




(Shining Bronze-Cuckoo - Click the play button)

3.  Cute Baby Quail Chicks - One Day Old

A relative dropped in en route to home with these day old quail chicks. They are domesticated Japanese Quails (Coturnix japonica). I'm not a big user of the word cute but in this case there's no better word :-)

  ( Day Old Japanese Quail Chicks - Click the play button)


4.  Dip Falls (A Spectacular Waterfall)

A spectacular waterfall on the Dip River, south of Stanley, Tasmania. It is a short but steep walk to the base of the falls where the new viewing platform (opened last July) allows you to see both upper and lower parts of the falls. There is also a viewing platform at the top of the falls (across the river from the car park) where you can view the upper section of the falls.


  (Dip Falls - Click the play button)



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22 comments:

  1. Hello there, I did enjoy your videos so much. We delight in the Fairy Wren family visits to our garden - your photography is great, they're so quick! Oh my goodness those gorgeous quail - absolutely cute. Magnificent waterfall too. I love your opening shots panning over to the waterfall, lovely :D)

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    1. Thanks very much Sue. Glad you enjoyed them.

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  2. Loved your videos of the birds and waterfall, all very enjoyable.

    Diana
    http://adifferentlenslens365.blogspot.co.nz/2017/01/a-stick-insect.html

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    1. Thank you doodles n daydreams.

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  3. Hello, I enjoyed all the video. The fairy wren is my favorite, gorgeous bird. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Eileen and thanks as always for the link up.

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  4. Lovely videos of very colourful bird.

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    1. Thank you Rajesh. Glad you enjoyed the Fairy-wren.

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  5. Lovely videos, thank you so much for sharing. :)

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    1. Thank you for watching Linda.

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  6. Your videos are always fantastic and I especially enjoyed the little Fairy Wren.
    Thanks for your comment on my blog and for the explanation about the tidal variations. I shall need to start keeping details about pressure variations off the coast. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks very much. Regarding tides don't forget onshore and offshore winds will also affect tides.

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  7. Great videos. I really like that Superb Fairy-wren - beutiful little bird.

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    1. Thank you. Yes they are truly superb :-)

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  8. How I love blue coloured birds.... and the baby one....sooooo cute.

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    1. Thanks very much. Glad you enjoyed them.

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  9. lovely video of the fairy wren :)
    Re your question, no, no good shot of the fanned gray fantail :(

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    1. Thank you. Yes they are so fast.

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  10. I love your videos. Thanks for sharing them. You were lucky to get the fairy-wrens so quiet I can never get them in focus in time to get a decent shot.

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    1. Thank you.Yes they are hard to catch. I've been trying for a long time :-)

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