Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday - Common Bronzewing


Apologies for the quality of these shots, very fast reaction 
on my mart and rainy late afternoon light are not conducive
to startlingly good photography 

even so, I am very pleased I captured this incredibly shy 
and elusive bird

although I know it very well, since it is native to my Mt.Lofty garden
where I had one that was happy to forage in my vicinity,
it always kept in the densest shade.

The Common Bronzewing has a haunting daytime mating call
a protracted hoooot, like the San Francisco fog horn, 
followed by an interval . . .
then, another hoot with the intervals becoming progressively 
longer until you give up waiting for the next one and yep,
three seconds later, there it is.

It is always a pleasure to listen to, not only for the haunting 
quality of the hoot but also the surprise factor involved.


These two shots I managed to capture at the end of my pine 
plantation walk as I headed for my car and watched four 
Magpies squabbling, one flew into a tree across the road as I 
headed for my car. I dropped my eyes and there, within a 
couple of feet of my bumper, was the Bronzewing at he 
side of the road. 

It was in an 'alert' position so no time to check settings, just
lift camera and shoot (and pray).

The Bronzewing turned as the Magpie swooped and I clicked.

Moments later,  obscured my car, it had taken off.


Just when I was a little disappointed at not bagging any birds 
in the plantation, I was on the verge of ecstatic 
at this bird being handed to me on a platter
at the last moment.

Joining Stewart's 


and Michelle's



25 comments:

  1. What a prize capture (twice) of this bird which I didn't even know existed, Arija! It's wings look like extra wings hang down beside the body? And incredible markings around the eyes. Thanks for sharing. Thanks, too, for your kind comments while visiting my blog. I am better now thanks! Blessings and hugs Jo

    ReplyDelete
  2. That is a good looking bird and it's vocalizations sound intriguing.

    ReplyDelete
  3. How lovely that you saw this bird and were fast enough to get photos of it as well. This is another bird I would like to see and also get good photos of.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great captures of beautiful birds, Arija!! Thanks for sharing them with us!! I'm looking forward to getting back to regular blogging, but it will another couple of weeks! I'll continue to visit whenever I can!! Hope your week is going well!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Wow, it is always so exciting to see an elusive shy bird, this sounds like quite an adventure...I never would have got the camera out in time!! Now we all get to see the Bronzewing!

    ReplyDelete
  6. great you picked up the photos of the bronzewing; a lovely moment for you

    ReplyDelete
  7. Delightful to read of your appreciation and great pleasure in birds.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Every so often they come to visit us - but are certainly not 'common'. I love their markings and the irridescance of their feathers. I am so glad that this one arrived to make your day...

    ReplyDelete
  9. Arija, what a cool sighting for you! It is a neat looking bird and your photos look great considering the light. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Nice to see. Great photos!
    Well done!

    ReplyDelete
  11. For reasons involving near idiocy we call these birds "Foop Pigeons" because of their call!

    I think the cormorants were cooperating - but the egrets were opportunistic! And I had to wait about half an hour for the echidna to come out of the woodpile to get the shots!

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

    ReplyDelete
  12. I do love a Bronzewing moment! Congratulations! We are blessed to still see them in the bushland of some of Melbourne's eastern suburbs.

    ReplyDelete
  13. An unusual looking bird, probably of a family we don't get here in the UK. Bad luck with the light and rain - it's always the case when you really want to get the best picture. Full marks for first finding the bird though.

    ReplyDelete
  14. What an elegant bird Arija - certainly not common as far as I am concerned - we don't have it over here.

    ReplyDelete
  15. He's a pretty large bird. I'm so happy for you that you had your camera in order to capture this special moment.
    Hope you're having a wonderful week Arija!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Nice find! Thanks for your research into hummers in Belize. 26 kinds. That is a lot.

    ReplyDelete
  17. What a neat looking bird. A sort of pigeon perhaps? I am glad you caught the elusive one and the shots are pretty darn good. MB

    ReplyDelete
  18. HI Arija...I always try and if it doesn't come out good ..at least I gave it my best shot : ))
    Great to see your birds over there, so glad you was able to get to the "verge of estatic" ; ) and still be able to have composure enough to get a click of this fella to share : )))
    Grace
    Thanks so much for your comment on my post! : }

    ReplyDelete
  19. Quite an interesting bird. You documented it effectively and the shots are actually quite good under the circumstances. I've found out that birds don't respond well to my command to "hold that pose."

    ReplyDelete
  20. Beautiful photos, that sounds like an interesting bird.

    ReplyDelete
  21. So nice! I have never even heard of this bird before. Yes, you always have to be prepared to take photos! :) Thanks for your comment, Arija! /Pia

    ReplyDelete
  22. Lucky you..that would have made my day as well.

    ReplyDelete
  23. looks like a very interesting bird. Think that is new to me. As you point out, sometimes you just have to shoot and hope for the best. :)

    ReplyDelete
  24. Interesting posturing and I love watching bird behaviors.... Michelle

    ReplyDelete

Blog Widget by LinkWithin