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Locate, Observe, Wait…Click

Tawny Frogmouth family –  I had been trying to photograph a Lyre Bird but lost track of it in dense undergrowth.  When I looked up this family of Tawny Frogmouths were perched just 15m from me.  Initially one chick looked towards me, then the second chick, then the adult bird.  Photo taken on Mount Keira, Wollongong, NSW.

Lyrebird –  it is quite rare to see these birds but on this occasion there were approx 6-8 in a group.  Some were performing courtship displays, dancing as well as mimicking the complex calls of other birds.  Photo taken in the Blue Mountains, near Sydney.

Lyrebird –  rummaging around in the soft undergrowth and soil.  Photo taken in the Blue Mountains, near Sydney.

Kookaburra – this bird flew over my head to capture some “prey” from Noisy Miner birds.  The prey turned out to be an old apple core.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Kookaburra – about to swallow an old apple core whole.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo – I was able to get surprisingly close to a number of these birds just before they flew away in advance of a rain storm. Photo taken in Wollongong, New South Wales.

Little Wattlebird – feeding in very low light, early morning and wet, sea-hazy conditions.  Photo taken at Berrara, New South Wales south coast.

Welcome Swallow – one of many on this day, but this one was particularly tolerant of me being unusually close.  Photo taken at Middle Head, Sydney.

Brown Cuckoo-Dove – highlighting its spectacular, long tail. Photo taken in the natural bush of the Kalkari Discovery Centre, Ku-rin-gai National Park, Sydney.

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo (female) – I count myself very lucky to have been able to capture this close-up. Photo taken in Wollongong, NSW Australia.

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo (male) – The males have a pink eye-ring.  Feeding on Banksia cones. Photo taken in Wollongong, NSW Australia.

Dollar Bird – this is a young bird waiting to be fed by a parent.  Photo highlighting the grey/brown upper body and blue/green wings and back was taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Dollar Birds – parent feeding a young bird.  Photo highlighting differences in adult plumage – red beak and darker blue/purple neck – was taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

King Parrot (male) – close-up portrait taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo –  just after taking off…lit against bright early morning sunshine.  Photo taken in Wollongong, New South Wales.

Eastern Yellow Robin – Surprisingly, this well-built nest was at eye-level just 1-2m from the edge of a popular, busy bush track.  It perhaps shows how tolerant the Eastern Yellow Robin is of people. Photo taken in Wollongong, New South Wales.

Bassian Thrush –  This was the first time I had seen this bird.  It was mostly hopping on the ground amongst the undergrowth and occasionally flying onto to rocks and low branches.  Photo taken on Mt Keira, Wollongong, New South Wales.

Reed Warbler chick –  I heard the singing as I was riding past on my bicycle.  It took me a while to figure out the location as the reeds were blowing around wildly in a 25 knot wind.  To my delight there was a fleeting gap in the foliage where I found the source of the song – a young reed warbler being fed by a parent and looking rather wind-swept.  Photo taken in Wollongong, New South Wales.

Azure Kingfisher – showing off its spectacular colours.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Azure Kingfisher – highlighting its striking azure blue colour.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Sacred Kingfisher –  Kingfishers are notoriously difficult to photograph as they take flight easily.  This bird had been singing loudly in the tree tops for 10-15 minutes before coming down to what I suspect was its nest – a hole in a termite nest 5m up a eucalypt tree.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Sacred Kingfishers –  How lucky to have two birds sitting on the same bough, facing opposite directions so we can see their front and back colours!  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

White-throated Treecreeper (male) – Female is slightly different with a red mark on the cheek.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Willie Wagtail –  this bird wags its tail from side to side, hence its name.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Channel-billed Cuckoo –  highlighting its very large curved bill.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Satin Bowerbird (male) –  From a distance I watched this Bowerbird for about 30 mins re-furbishing his bower with straw/sticks.  He also moved some of the blue items around, performed a wing-flapping display (on the other side of his bower!) and flew between the ground and nearby trees singing.  I didn’t see the female. Photo taken in Lane Cove, Sydney.

Satin Bowerbird (male) –  The subtle, dappled lighting shows the blue-purple hue of the bird’s feathers.  Photo taken in Lane Cove, Sydney.

Eastern Spinebill –  This bird moves quickly and is often feeding within foliage and therefore difficult to photograph.  This was a rare occasion when it was more exposed.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Tawny Frogmouth – Sitting, I tipped my water bottle skywards to take a drink. To my surprise this pair were perched 10m above me. Even luckier, moments later, one of them stared straight down into my camera lens.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

New Holland Honeyeater – Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

New Holland Honeyeater – Photo taken in Wollongong, New South Wales.

King Parrots – (male – red head; female – green head).  This was the first time I had seen King Parrots in this location; then I saw them daily in the same tree.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

King Parrots – Photo series taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

King Parrot (male) – Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

King Parrot (female) – Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

King Parrot (female) –  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Crimson Rosella – Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Welcome Swallow (adult) – resting having been very busy feeding a chick.  These birds seem to be most active near water – rivers/coast and flock onto small boats.  Photo taken at Wollongong Harbour.

Welcome Swallow – Chick, waiting to be fed.  Photo taken at Wollongong Harbour.

Welcome Swallow (adult) – Photo taken at Wollongong Harbour.

Welcome Swallow – Chick, waiting to be fed.  Photo taken at Wollongong Harbour.

Welcome Swallow – Older chick than in previous photos waiting to be fed.  Photo taken at Wollongong Harbour.

Welcome Swallow (adult) – an attempt to capture in flight.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Silvereye – enjoying the ripening berries.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Eastern Yellow Robin – Finally managed to catch this bird in the sunshine.  More often they seem to flit around in shadier areas.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park.

Eastern Yellow Robin – Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park.

Golden Whistler (male) – Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Red-Browed Finch/Firetail – feeding on the ground…grass seed perhaps. Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park.

Lewin’s Honeyeater – Photo taken in Lane Cove National park, Sydney.

Lewin’s Honeyeater – Photo taken in Lane Cove National park, Sydney.

Yellow-faced Honeyeater – Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Little Wattlebird – Photo taken in Port Stephens, NSW Central Coast.

Red-whiskered Bulbul – Photo taken on Middle Head, Mosman, Sydney.

Little Raven – Feeding on a fish tail on the rocks at a beach.  Photo taken near Wollongong.

Red Wattlebird – performing aerobatic gyrations while catching insects in mid-flight.  Photo taken at Middle Head, Mosman, Sydney.

White-browed Scrubwren – a very busy bird that seems to forage mostly on the ground. Photo taken on the river track, Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Grey Fantail – whilst capturing this photo, there were so many other small birds active within 10m. Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Superb Fairy Wren (male) – Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Fairy Wren (?Variegated female/young?) – This bird has perfected its photographic posture – see next picture which was taken about 1 minute later in a different environment. Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Fairy Wren (?tbc) – This bird has perfected its photographic posture – see previous picture which was taken about 1 minute earlier in a different environment.

Variegated Wren (male) – these birds flit very quickly, often within dense foliage, so are hard to photograph.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National park.

Brush Turkey – scratching amongst bush debris building a large mound.  Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Butcher Bird – this bird was nesting in a neighbour’s tree and was frequently a backyard visitor.  Photo taken in Lane Cove, Sydney.

Eastern Spinebill (male) – Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Tawny Frogmouths – I have learned through observing Tawny Frogmouths that they are both facially and posturally expressive.  They aren’t always asleep and immobile during the daytime and perching as if a branch of a tree.  Sometimes they can be quite active shaking their wings, moving on their perches, looking around, yawning.  It’s not surprising that they have been voted one of Australia’s and Instagram’s favourite birds.  Photos mostly taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney and also in Wollongong.

Pied Currawong Family – With hungry mouths to feed, a parent’s work is never done…even in drenching rain.  I got caught out in a thunderstorm very close to where I had photographed Currawong chicks being fed in their nest just 10 days before.  They had now fledged and were demanding food constantly.  During the downpour and getting soaked in the process, the parent birds were very active collecting a feast of worms, grubs and even a poor frog.  Lucky for me, I was able to stand under a national park picnic shelter capturing the 1.5 hour display of parental care second to none.  Photos taken in dark/cloudy/rainy conditions, hence some graininess, in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Magpie-lark / Peewee – The Peewee chick had fledged 2-3 days before the first photo and both parents were feeding it worms, insects and spiders frequently. The original nest was in a busy pedestrian area and the Peewee family were very comfortable with people near them. However, sadly one of the parents had fishing line loosely caught around its foot and was repeatedly pecking at it, although was uninjured and able to walk and fly fully.  The tangle seemed to become more loose over time.  Photo sequence was taken over 7 to 10 days in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Red-Browed Finch/Firetail – Photo sequence taken in Lane Cove National Park. While sitting near a shallow pool lit by dappled sunlight, a pair landed for a bath. In the photo this one seems to be saying, “watch this!”

…as it’s bathing became brisk… then more vigorous… finishing with wild thrashing and splashing… and finally refreshed.

Little Corellas – scrapping over one Liquidambar nut, when there were thousands of nuts freely available on the ground and on the trees. Photo and those below were taken in Riverview, Lane Cove, Sydney. The Little Corella is full of character and one of my favourite birds. They are playful, acrobatic and feisty as shown below. I spent two to three hours every morning for three weeks photographing the behaviour of these lovely birds. On some days there were flocks of hundreds of birds feeding in the trees, on the ground and grazing on the grass.

Little Corella – enjoying a Liquidambar nut.

Little Corella – hanging upside down by two feet, one foot, or its beak seems to be a common behaviour, sometimes while eating.

Little Corella – hanging by one foot with the Liquidambar nut having just fallen from its beak.

Little Corellas – I’m not sure whether this is aggressive, mating or playful behaviour.

Little Corellas – again fighting over a single Liquidambar nut with thousands around them.

Little Corellas – this started with a playful scrap between the bird on the right and another that exited the fight as the bird on the left decided to join in.

Little Corellas – again I’m not sure whether this was fighting, mating or playful behaviour.

Little Corellas – Hanging onto its early morning breakfast. These birds visit the area when the nuts on Liquidambar trees ripen and fall.

Galahs – a preening pair. Photos taken in Riverview, Lane Cove, Sydney.

Galah – enjoying the Liquidambar nuts, like the Corellas.

Galah 

Galahs – strolling through their food supply.

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo – photos taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo – mirror, mirror in the tree…mmm…that doesn’t look like me.

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo – landing on a tasty food source.   There were several cockatoos feeding on these at the same time…

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo – and fights occur when cockatoos want the same perching spot!

Kookaburra – just taking off after consuming someone’s leftover meat sandwich. Photo taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.

Kookaburra – photo taken in Port Stephens, New South Wales.

Kookaburra – photo taken in Port Stephens, New South Wales.

Kookaburra – photo taken in Port Stephens, New South Wales.

Kookaburras – The second sequence of images:  “It’s mine!”  No, it’s mine!!”  These two kookaburras were absolutely motionless facing each other, with the poor lizard in the middle of their tug-of-war.  Suddenly, one lost its hold, there was a fight and the chase was on.  The lizard was lost in nearby bush, so probably escaped, leaving both kookaburras sitting on a low bough staring at the undergrowth.

Variegated Fairy-wren – male with brightly coloured head and body with longer tale feathers; female with brown head, dark grey bill and longer tale feathers; photos taken near Wollongong, New South Wales.

Superb Fairy-wren male with blue cap and shorter tale feathers; photos taken in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.  Female with brown head, red-brown bill and shorter tale; photos taken near Wollongong, New South Wales.

Red Wattlebird – I spent 2-3 hours late one afternoon watching these birds perform aerobatic gyrations while catching insects in mid-flight.  There must have been an insect hatching on this day because the following day there was no activity.  Photo series taken at Middle Head, Mosman, Sydney.

Raven (Australian vs. Little ?) – This series of photos was taken near Wollongong and in Lane Cove National Park, Sydney.  They show the raven looking handsome, scavenging, feeding, gathering nesting materials and bathing.  The pair gathering nesting materials landed right behind me and made me jump.  I had seen a 2.5m diamond python in the same location the previous week!  In most of the photos I was very close to the birds, who seemed completely comfortable with me being there.

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