Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sandy Creek Conservation Park - Bronze-Cuckoo's


Went for a morning walk around Sandy Creek C.P. this morning and came across a bird I have never seen before a Shining Bronze-Cuckoo! A bird that in South Australia isn't reported all that often. I was photographing a Collared Sparrowhawk when I heard a call I wasn't familiar with. Leaving the Sparrowhawk I moved the hundred or so metres to where the call was coming from, in large native pine. For around five minutes it called but didn't move and I could not find it! Then eventually it flew down into a Eucalypt  not far away and I confirmed what I was starting to think, that it could be a Shining BC! I had heard reports of them in here before, although not many! but in all my trips here I had never come across one till now! Rapt! At one stage I could hear another one calling back, so there were at least two in the park!
At the moment there has been a large influx of the similar looking Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo's in the area and they were also calling from every corner of the park. These two Bronze-Cuckoos can be distinguished by the Horsfield's lacking the barring on the throat and down the middle of the chest, being a little less green on it's back and the calls are quite different. I have put an average photo of a Horsfield's for comparison at the bottom of this post!


Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

All Australian Falcons - minus 1


As it says in the title, below are all the Falcons to be found in Australia, with one notable exception?


Australian Kestrel

Australian Kestrel
 
Brown Falcon

Brown Falcon

Black Falcon

Black Falcon

Peregrine Falcon (male)
 
The male then flew to the next power pole and joined the female, who is the larger bird on the left!


Australian Hobby

Australian Hobby

Only the mythical Falcon of the Australian Outback to find! So far the 'Grey Ghost' has eluded me!

Rest assured though one day the Grey Falcon will grace the lens of my camera, and all who read this blog will be the first to see the results!!


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Freeling Sewage Ponds

Quick walk around the sewage ponds today turned up some good birds with the highlight being a single Banded Stilt! This is an unusual species to turn up here with their close cousins the Black-winged Stilt more likely to be found. I have been checking these ponds now for around three years and in that time I have only seen one other Banded Stilt here about 18 months ago (could be the same bird back again?)


Banded Stilt

Australian Shelduck
  Another first for the ponds is this single Musk Duck, cruising around with the flotilla of Grey Teals and Hardheads!

Musk Duck

Yellow-throated Miner

Australia Magpie

Banded Stilt with friends!

Ducks everywhere!