The wings of the small Red-capped Plover reach for the skies before it does. The colour of the seaweed was a perfect match with it’s little red cap and I find the powerful pose of it’s wings is in contrast to it’s otherwise somewhat shy behaviour.
I did not get many opportunities to get close-up to Magpie-larks. This was about as good a view I got. One of many bird species that seem to go under appreciated.
A Red-eared Firetail finch perched in the clear on a limb, just before darting to the ground again to continue finding food. Another small bundle of vibrant patterns and colour in an Australian bird!
Crested Terns with a perfect turquoise backdrop in Yallingup.
Portrait of a Laughing Kookaburra.
Lush bright green moss and tiny bright yellow mushrooms blanket a huge fallen tree near Bridgetown, Western Australia. A perfect scene to let the mind wander and create a whole new world in this vibrant micro landscape. Happy Friday everyone!
Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, is an endangered cockatoo found in southwestern Australia. The usual suspects of human-caused habitat loss and destruction. Another species struggling because of us.
A grey winter sky provides a clean backdrop for this little New Holland Honeyeater. These little birds have such beautiful and balanced detail. May be a silly thing to say about a bird, but I think some are more so than others.
The striking Azure Kingfisher. Such a beautiful rich blue. This one led us down a little stream on Fraser Island with short flights of about 20 to 30 meters at a time. Compare it’s tiny feet to the talons of the Osprey on my previous post and yet it also catches fish!
This Osprey was perched high up above the Indian Ocean. We had watched it descend from another tree out of decent photograph range and pluck this fish from the water. It then proceeded to fly away. We thought our sighting was done, as it flew about 300 meters or more across a small bay - but then it came all the way back. With still writhing fish, it perched just out of our view, which was on a lookout point. If we had not seen it come in to land, we would not have known it was there. We shifted locations and watched as the large bird repeatedly flapped its wings to keeps its balance while countering the movement of the fish. It was a fantastic sighting, only cut short by the diminishing light at sunset.
The backdrop of Charleston for what seems to be a summer of never ending rain! Not that we should complain - it wasn’t that long ago that we were in an official drought!
Quokkas on Rottnest Island. They are very habituated, and unfortunately are used to being fed by visitors, so it is not uncommon to find them getting very close. These two were not near any restaurant or bakery and were looking for food under trees. They are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN and only found in a small area in South Western Australia - mainly on a few islands off the coast.
A young Western Grey Kangaroo having a quick inspection before taking another lie down in the shade.
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo in full flight with a quick sideways glance at the audience.
This is one of the birds I was really hoping to see on my trip to Australia! Such an intense saturated concentration of blue, and so much character as well. This is the male White-winged Fairy Wren. This little fella made my day!
Based on it’s location being close to a White-winged Fairy Wren male, I believe this to be a Juvenile. They are such sprightly little birds, and definitely beautiful!! Perfect for a Monday morning.
The Little Friarbird - If you have seen a Friarbird, I think you’ll agree that the Little one is a touch more handsome, and yet this one seemed to want to hide more!
Looking back at the silhouetted mainland from the Stradbroke Island ferry.