Thursday, 26 November 2015

In-between fieldwork: Dusky Woodswallow

Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus). I couldn't get much closer, but they spent ageeees preening each other and I got several very cute shots of this pair. If you think that they don't look quite right for a swallow you won't be surprised to read that they are actually more closely related to currawongs and Australian magpies than they are to swallows.

I even managed to see a nest, bowl-shaped and made of twigs, tucked behind a bit of bark. No photos though as I didn't want to bother the birds.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

In-between fieldwork: Magpie-lark

Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca). Odd critters, very boldly behaving, not scared to come up to people. Foraging in open grass a lot. Kind of reminding me of little dinosaurs.

Males and females can be distinguished by markings on their heads. Pay attention to the black stripes across the eyes. Males have a horizontal black stripe:

And females have a vertical black stripe and also have white throats:

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Update: "in-between fieldwork" every other Thursday

Me again. I have decided that for now In-between fieldwork posts with Australian wildlife will appear on Thursdays (completely arbitrary).

I'm currently scheduling posts for every other Thursday to gauge how much material I have and will go from there - if there is lots left over I might bump it to a weekly Thursday post. Either way, if you are mainly interested in the photos hopefully this will make it easier for you to know when to pop back :]

Thursday, 5 November 2015

In-between fieldwork: Australian king parrot

Those guys were easiest to spot in the late afternoon. There were some trees on my way home where they seemed to forage a lot. Their roost must have been somewhere else, as I never saw them stay there for the night and they were never there during my morning cycle down.

I've seen them eat some nuts and buds and their feet are surprisingly agile, they could handle even very small pieces of food well.

In the above photos you can see females. For easy comparison a profile of a female below - mainly green bird with red belly.

While male plumage is much redder and the red spreads all over the bird's head, neck and nape. Wings are green.