Yesterday 26/09/10 I witnessed a pair of Pacific Baza's perched side by side in a ironbark tree. It was my first sighting of this amazing bird and it was certainly a thrill to have them visit our property! They came to my attention by the caling sound that they make. I couldn't get to a camera quick enough to get a pic of them sitting together, but did get a few average photos of them on their own. It was a rather overcast day so photo quality is a bit poor, but at least I managed a few photos. Really exciting sighting!
Brendon spotted this pair of Tawny Frogmouth's resting on a branch in an iron-bark tree near the dry creek bed at Jarowair. He always spots them far more often than I do! They really are the kings of camouflage!
A couple of weeks ago I heard the Noisy Minors endless squarking which is usually a sign of something new visiting our property. It was hard to see what they were attacking as it was high in a iron bark tree - the Noisy Minors were unmerciful in their attack as were the butcherbirds. I went to get the binocculars and the camera and discovered that their target was a beautiful Southern Boobook Owl. I am unsure as to why the Noisys were attacking the Boobook, as they reside here all the time. Anyway the poor Owl held its ground in the tree for hours until finally having enough and flying off. That night we did not hear the sound of the Boobook owl as we normally do, but they were back again the following night.
We also have had regular visits lately from a Barn Owl. I had heard it almost nightly for around a week prior to witnessing it one night on the fence, then seen one night resting on the aviary containing our Zebra Finchs, and in the trees near the aviary. Possibly after the large amounts of mice that inhabit the area around the bird aviarys at night? The Barn Owl has only been seen a handfull of times here over the last few years. Very poor photograph I am afraid - need more practice taking photographs at night.
A couple of photos that I took while going for a walk around Our Patch on 14th September 2010.
I was trying to photograph the Red-Backed Fairy Wrens darting in and out of the long grass when I spotted a group of Brown Quails. I managed to get a partial photograph as they just seem to disappear into the grass so quickly! No luck this time on a photograph of the Male Red-Backed Fairy Wren, they do not seem to show themselves to the camera as often as the females do. I will have a look for a photograph taken here previously. Im yet to get a really good shot of the male.
Brown Quail - often seen but very hard to photograph!
We had a visit this morning from our King Parrot family, including the juvenilles. The young king parrots have also been visiting regularly- sometimes with the parents and sometimes on their own. I have noticed them in a large flowering gum tree in the creek over the last few days. I have taken pics a few months ago when they were younger which I will add at a later time.
A few days ago I had my first sighting of the Sacred Kingfishers that nest in the termite mounds in the Iron Bark Trees here. We have witnessed them every year - this being the 5th year that they have been successfull raising their young here. I will have to have a look for a photograph I took a few years ago of a Sacred Kingfisher that successfully detered a large Lace Monitor that was keen on the contents of the termite mound. I will try and get some better pics this year of the Kingfishers coming in and out of the termite mound, I have witnessed them coming back to the nest will all sorts of goodies including small lizards for their young. They are such beautiful little birds and I never tire of watching them.
Silhouette of Sacred Kingfisher Late Afternoon 14/09/10