New boy on the block and a lifer for me, Horsefield's Bronze-
Cuckoo, Chalcites basalis, conveniently sitting on the power
line to our house. I heard the unfamiliar call and made a dive
for the camera.
Much as I like to see a new addition to our home birds, this
is one I would prefer to see elsewhere since the dear girl lays
her egg into our little Superb Blue Wren nests just when our
blue wren population has increased again and we dearly love
those cheerful streaks of blue in the garden.
I tried to get a shot at the wing that has a shimmer of green
but the bird was unobliging and did not turn around.
With warm days and rain, the weeds have grown to high heaven
but even so I spotted this Stumpy-Tail Lizard having a feed of,
and this surprised me, of all things the sharp and spicy green
seed-pods of the wild radish.
I had never before given any thought to what these creatures eat.
I am always happy when I see them in the garden since they use
the same nesting holes as snakes and if you know a lizard inhabits
a certain hole, it is unlikely that a snake does as well. Of the two
reptiles, the lizard usually manages to protect the hole.
This is only a teenager at most, isn't he/she cute?
Moving to the dam in the park, a White-faced Heron and
Wood-Duck companion sitting on the children's diving platform.
On the vantage point of one of the birches we lost in the drought,
an Adelaide Rosella poses. The beauty of my new camera is that
I have a much longer reach as these birds are notoriously shy here.
My evening walk bagged this Shrike-Thrush with it's late
supper. I really thought it was too dark for photos but the
camera surprised me
and lastly, a Sacred Ibis, again at the dam. This is the first
time in 20 years that I have spotted one on our home turf.
Who knows what I shall bag next week? As you see, I have been
exercising my new Canon EOS 600 D and am reasonably pleased
Wonder over to WORLD BIRD WEDNESDAY and Nature Notes and
check out what else is going on. Both memes are accessible from the
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