Today's Birding

Top Left: Striated Pardalote, Top Middle: Rainbow Bee-Eater, Top Right: Grey Shrike-Thrush

Bottom Left: Kookaburra, Bottom Middle: Striated Pardalote, Bottom Right: Willy Wagtail

These birds were all seen in my street or in my yard.

View all photos taken: Wednesday, 11th June 2008, This photo: 2:16pm

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Comments

  • Meremail said:
    When we lived in Samford, I had a pile of soil fill behind the house anda striped pardalote burrowed it's nest in a tunnel, and had a family. I couldn't use the hill until I knew that they were all done. They are very cute.
    The things we do for nature ;-)
    Jim
  • David de Groot said:
    This little pardalote is nesting in a tree next to our driveway. They're quite timid and checked me out for a long time before showing itself.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    A nice collection of shots :)
  • David de Groot said:
    They're all very cropped since these birds are either really small or really flighty (or both). I couldn't get anywhere near the pale headed rosellas, they took off as soon as I got within 30m of them (which is way too far away for a 70-200 even with a TC on it).
    Still I think with patience I might be able to get closer, just need to practice more.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    30m isn't an ideal shooting distance, that's for sure! Maybe you could disguise yourself as a tree or make a fort (there's a grown up word for it which eludes me right now, so am using the childhood word I remember :P) and let them get used to you...did you ever see the Planet Earth series? I'm sure there was an episode in that where they stayed in a "fort" for days/weeks to get a glimpse of a rarely seen bird...that was a great series.
  • David de Groot said:
    I believe it's called a "hide", although given I'll be shooting a canon from inside it, a fort is probably more appropriate ;-)
    Alas, the little blighters hang out in the more open ground down the road rather than on my heavily wooded property.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    lol :D A fort indeed!
    Thats funny - can you entice them with native plants?
  • David de Groot said:
    I'm thinking I need to plant some grevilleas and bottlebrushes somewhere around the house to entice them up this way.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Nice plan - they're big favourites with birds :) you'll have flocks of them before you know it!