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Locate, Observe, Wait…Click

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.

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.

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.

Welcome Swallow – These birds seem to be most active near water – rivers/coast and flock onto small boats.  Photo taken at Balmoral Beach Jetty, Mosman, Sydney.

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

Willie Wagtail – an inquisitive bird that hopped around checking me out.  Photo taken on Middle Head, Mosman, Sydney.

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

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

New Holland Honeyeater – This was a grab shot as it landed 2m from my feet for seconds only to catch the tiny insect in the grass.  Photo taken on the coast track just north of Wollongong.

New Holland 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.

White-throated Treecreeper – photo taken in 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.

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 Drip Gorge near Mudgee, New South Wales.  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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