Category Archives: Birds

A bower for the lady

It’s the time of year when birds go a’courting. I noticed a female satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus), and then a male, in the backyard this morning. I’d never seen the two of them together so was interested to watch their … Continue reading

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A study in contrast

The weather has warmed up and snakes are on the move. Here on Bundjalung Country, late July and August are called ‘Coming Out Season‘: Getting dryer and can be strong winds, first hint of northerly winds. Birds starting to sing … Continue reading

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A tale of two herons

The Pacific reef heron (Egretta sacra) and the white-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) are both commonly seen on Australia’s east coast. This reef heron at Ballina was the dark morph – they also come in white. It was busy searching for … Continue reading

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Sing, cuckoo!

The channel-billed cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae) is a regular feature of life in summer around here. Each year the birds fly down from Indonesia and New Guinea to our eastern states between August and October, and leave generally in February or … Continue reading

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More Arctic avians

I met fellow-Aussies Bruce and Linda on the Arctic trip, and Bruce has kindly allowed me to post some of his great shots. He has a camera with a big lens (allowing for nice close-ups) and the knowledge to use … Continue reading

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Arctic avians

I used to be more of an avian adventurer, but I don’t generally do the birding thing much anymore. Despite this, the Arctic trip added a dozen or so birds to my life list (if I were to have such … Continue reading

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Mistletoebird

This morning I heard a chirp I hadn’t been aware of for some time, not since the bottlebrush in the backyard died. That tree had been the host of one of Australia’s 90 species of mistletoe (70 are native). Jeremy … Continue reading

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White-throated nightjar

I’ve often heard this bird at home at night and wondered what it could be. A combination of “The National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife: Cuckoos, Kingfishers, Nightbirds of Australia” (edited by Strahan) and Michael Morecombe’s “Birds of Australia” ap … Continue reading

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Border Ranges World Heritage Area

A visitor from Sydney was a good excuse to go up to the Border Ranges. We also invited a friend from Lismore and the four of us set off by car. At the start of the usual access road to … Continue reading

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The peregrinating spider

Prue and I went to Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, whose trees and shrubs have grown tremendously since I first went there. While sauntering along its mossy paths, a movement caught my eye. It was a very fast-moving, colourful little spider. … Continue reading

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