Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 300 - Laughing Kookaburra

I'm not sure if there is a more iconically Australian bird than the Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae).  This bird is famous the world over, and even managed to sneak into the sound track of some early Tarzan films, which were set in Africa but not filmed there!

Apart from the fact that they are tremendous birds to watch and listen to, one of the things I like about this species is the number of names it has been given.  Here is a sample:

Alarmbird, Breakfastbird, Bushman's Clock, Settler's Clock, Shepard's Clock, Giant Brown Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher, Laughing Kingfisher, Jack, Jackass, Jacko, Jacky, John, Kooka, Laughing Jack and possibly most remarkably Woop Woop Pigeon.  

I have to say that the last one is a bit of a mystery to me, given I have never heard one go Woop and it does not look like a Pigeon.  But who am I to argue.

This bird (or these birds) came to visit us most morning when we were in the Grampians - although it was at a more civilised hour than their "clock" names would suggest!

At 450mm long they are one of the world's largest kingfishers, and no matter how many times I see them I always like them.  They visits to the rails on the deck of our Grampians accommodation was a bit of a highlight.

300 weeks ago, on the 17th July 2012, I started hosting Wild Bird Wednesday (after 86 weeks of World Bird Wednesday, by Dave at Pine River Review) - and here I am, in 2018, still hosting!  I'm reasonably proud of the fact that I have not missed a single week of Wild Bird Wednesday in 300 weeks!

We dont get as many people linking up as we once had - so feel free to share, remind and generally suggest that people get involved.

All feedback welcome on this anniversary!

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 299 - Australian Wood Duck

Well, things are a bit hectic here - so today I am going to post some ducks and leave it at that!

These are Australian Wood Ducks (Chenonetta jubata) which are considered to be Goose-like Ducks!  I tend to think of them as duck like ducks!

Anyway, these ladies and gentlemen were about and about at Halls Gap last week, so I felt obliged to photograph them.

The males are the birds with the dark brown head, the female have the greater extent of speckles.

Sorry for the lack of visits - I'll be back up to speed for WBW 300!

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

The Things They Left Behind 6: Heatherlie Quarry (again)

I've been away again - but this time, just to add to excitement, Sal was in New York with her choir - so I was in charge (well sort of!).  Hence I have not been doing much blogging - hope to catch up soon!

These are some images from Heatherlie Quarry, which is an abandoned quarry in the Grampians National Park about fours hours from Melbourne.  I had been wanted to try some black and white shots of the absconded machinery there, and these are the results.  The buildings have been renovated in recent years - but not much!

More pictures from around the world at Our World Tuesday.  SM

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 298 - Eurasian Coot

The Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) is not the most colourful bird you will ever see, but I still rather like them.

I used to watch them as a kid while I was fishing - and they may have been in the first 10 birds I ever learnt how to identify.  They also occur naturally in Australia, which makes a change for birds from my childhood!

These pictures were taken when I was down at Point Lonsdale last weekend.

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