Saturday, September 15, 2012

Stunning Striated Pardalotes show their faces 15/09/12

When we first bought our patch of land years ago, we used to see the Striated Pardalotes regularly and witnessed them building their nesting burrows in the sides of piles of excavated dirt that had been moved for building our shed and then our house.  We have discovered since then that they have hollows in the side of the redish dirt in one section of our dry creek and they have also been seen excavating a hole in a Termite Mound and entering a hole in a Telegraph Pole just up the road.  Their beautiful distinctive sound has been prominent for the last couple of months, but they are often high in the tops of the trees and unphotographable.  Today while taking photos of the wrens, two Pardalotes landed in a wattle tree just close to where I was standing and I was able to get a couple of clear images.  Yey!!  J.G.

Stunning Striated Pardalote at Jarowair 15/09/12.

I had to upload this photo showing both birds in the one shot, plus it is funny with the one on the right about to land!

Wrens at Play in the Grasses at Jarowair 15/09/12

I have been trying for weeks now to get a decent photograph of the wrens living in the grasses at Jarowair of recent to no avail.  I still havent seen a male to identify them correctly.  I took this one picture today by accident, of a wren in flight, which I quite liked.  Their sound entices me away from the house to observe them.  J.G.

Unknown Wrens at Jarowair.

Black-Shouldered Kite stops by Jarowair 15/09/12

While we often see Black-Shouldered Kites close by, they don't often venture to our property.  This afternoon though, while watching some wrens in the grass, I saw a shadow above to discover a Black-Shouldered Kite circiling and hovering above.  It stopped briefly on a Telegraph pole and I was able to take a couple of pictures.  Of course the Noisy Miners soon sent it on its way!  J.G.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sunset in the Australian Bush 10/09/2012

This amazing Sunset didn't last long this afternoon. The Colour was so vibrant, I couldn't resist getting the camera out.  J.G.

The first photo I took of the Sunset as it was dissapearing fast.

Wild Flowering Peach Tree in the Sunset at our neighbours patch.

Windmill in the Sunset

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Blue-faced Honeyeater's Resist the Protest 08/09/12

It seems of late that I don't have many new sightings to report from our little patch and until our planted trees increase in size, I imagine we won't gain too many new species to call our patch home.  I am very happy to report the visit of the Blue-Faced Honeyeaters however over the last few days.  These noisy birds have been making our Patch home, despite the reluctant land owners "The Noisy Miners" efforts to remove them from the area.  The Honeyeaters stand their ground and don't seem to be too worried by the Noisy attackers!  The Blue-faced honeyeaters have been feeding on the flowering Ironbark trees and the flowering grevillias in our garden near the house.  It is many years since we have seen these birds here and I am off to look up my records to determine when we last had a visit from these beautiful birds. J.G.

Blue Faced Honeyeaters Under Attack from the Local Noisy Miners in the house garden.

Blue-Faced Honeyeaters swinging off the Clothes Line, watched closely by the Noisy Miners!