Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Egret in Fading Light

These are some shots of an Intermediate Egret (I think) in some rather nice late afternoon / evening light.

I saw this bird on a cruise around Yellow Water, which is a fabulous area of the Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, Australia.







I like the way the light is catching the outstretched feathers.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 257 - Variable Oystercatcher

Oystercatchers have to be one of my favourite types of bird - I can't help but think that they have a great deal of personality.

So, when I was in New Zealand at the start of the year, it was good to catch up with a new species.  This is the Variable Oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor). The scientific name is really rather funny in the context of the common name and the fact that the bird (in two of its colour phases) is clearly not unicolour at all!

This bird has an "all black" phase (which is highly appropriate really!), and intermediate phase, where there is some white on the belly and a 'pied' phase where most of the belly feathers are white.  Of course, there are also transitional phases as well.

The first set of pictures were taken at Muriwai, on New Zealand's North Island.  The second set were taken at Picton, on New Zealand's South Island.












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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

To raise a smile

Far too many things in the news of late that are human created catastrophes - physical, political and environmental.

These images from India made me smile for a while, but surely we can do better than the mess we are making at present.

All the pictures were taken in Agra.





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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 256 - Australasian Shoveler at Sunset

More shots from the hide at Edithvale for WBW this week.

Although many of the birds were keeping their distance on Sunday afternoon, a mixed group of ducks  spent the afternoon sorting out their feathers in the sunshine.  Towards the end of the afternoon the light took on a wonder golden colour and the ducks looked great.

Many of the ducks were Australasian Shovelers (Anas rhynchotis) - which can be identified by there large beak and (in the males) a blue/grey head.  There are also some Chestnut Teal and Eurasian Coots.

I went to the hide hoping to see the Shovelers, and they did not let me down.










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