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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