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Apr 13, 2014 01:55 as a reply to  @ post 16829628 |  #346

No luck at Tidbinbilla today. Many, many yellow-faced honeyeaters preparing to leave for the coast, but many, many, many more sticks and leaves for them to hide behind. Ah well, one will have to fall back on a few from last spring on Callum Brae.

White-throated gerygone.

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Leaden flycatcher.
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Apr 13, 2014 02:51 |  #347

Excellent shots, Margaret. I am glad you posted the second shot of the RBF the first shot needed eye contact:lol::lol::
Had to work yesterday morning so did not get to the wetlands till 1pm, so light was harsh but the BS Kites let me get very close. And at eye level:eek:

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They also gave me a bonus i was not expecting
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There were also over 150 Cattle Egret. Even backed down to 150mm i could not get them all in one shot.
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Apr 13, 2014 04:43 as a reply to  @ rawshorty's post |  #348

That mating series is a cracker, Shorty. Not something you see very often, let alone photograph. But at this time of the year? What are they thinking?

Edit: I have just checked up in Morecombe, and their breeding season is April to December in the southern part of Australia, but erratic in the dry inland. In a good season may raise several broods.


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Apr 13, 2014 08:30 |  #349

Fantastic shots and thread. Thank you all for sharing birds that are rarely seen to us northerners..


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Apr 21, 2014 03:11 as a reply to  @ 2n10's post |  #350

Thank you, John.

A few more from recent efforts.

Sulphur Crested cockatoo leaves his overnight perch on Callum Brae.

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Striated thornbill on Callum Brae. These tiny birds are just 10 cm long. They like to stay in thickets and rarely come out into the open.

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Willie wagtail at Jerrabomberra wetlands.

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Straw-necked ibis leaves its overnight roost on Callum Brae.

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Apr 21, 2014 04:01 |  #351

Cracking shots Margaret, great job getting the Striated thornbill.


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Apr 21, 2014 21:02 |  #352

Love that Thornbill, Margaret. I am at Port Macquarie at the moment, so i won't have anything for a while to contribute :(
But getting plenty of birds up here and some new one's. :)


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Apr 22, 2014 01:00 as a reply to  @ rawshorty's post |  #353

I've just been through every page of this thread and have to say there are so many stunning shots on here, it's been a joy to look through :-D Also as I've only been living here for 4 years, so many birds are still new me and this thread is great for seeing the variety out there.

Having recently acquired a 150-600mm lens, I will be doing a lot more bird shots - I think I'll start a 'Rest of Australia' thread for those of us not in the ACT if you don't mind. It will be nice to share what else is in Aus and also get some help with id's when needed :)


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Apr 22, 2014 01:26 |  #354

ScreamingSwifts wrote in post #16851944 (external link)
I've just been through every page of this thread and have to say there are so many stunning shots on here, it's been a joy to look through :-D Also as I've only been living here for 4 years, so many birds are still new me and this thread is great for seeing the variety out there.

Having recently acquired a 150-600mm lens, I will be doing a lot more bird shots - I think I'll start a 'Rest of Australia' thread for those of us not in the ACT if you don't mind. It will be nice to share what else is in Aus and also get some help with id's when needed :)

Glad you enjoyed the browse through:)
I was going to do the same thing as i have been shooting birds outside of the A.C.T. a lot of late. Set it up and i am sure plenty will join in.:D

Edit........... Can i suggest you call it "Wild birds of Australia" (no captives), you don't have to of course.


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Apr 22, 2014 01:31 |  #355

Will do, no problem :)


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Apr 22, 2014 02:37 |  #356

ScreamingSwifts wrote in post #16851944 (external link)
I've just been through every page of this thread and have to say there are so many stunning shots on here, it's been a joy to look through :-D Also as I've only been living here for 4 years, so many birds are still new me and this thread is great for seeing the variety out there.

Having recently acquired a 150-600mm lens, I will be doing a lot more bird shots - I think I'll start a 'Rest of Australia' thread for those of us not in the ACT if you don't mind. It will be nice to share what else is in Aus and also get some help with id's when needed :)

Thank you for your kind remarks. There is so much variety in bird life in Australia, I think a thread for West Australian birds will keep you busy for many a day to come. And I could even add an occasional bird to it on my infrequent visits to WA too.
Thank you once again.


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Apr 24, 2014 03:50 |  #357

A newbie to this forum and to photography. You have managed to capture so many of the local species in great shots. I'm in awe and can see that I need to visit the wetlands and Callum Brae.

It's probably a little late in the season now, but there is now quite a sizeable flock of Superb Parrots which have been returning to breed around the Hawker softball fields for the last 7-8 years. Only a few pairs the first couple of years, but each year there are more and more. They also feed around Ginninderra Creek and Mt Rogers. Hopefully they will continue to build up their numbers.

They head off again soon, returning in about August/September

ETA - I included the above information as I didn't see any Superbs in this thread - they are still quite rare in the ACT region, just in case you wanted to get some shots of them. They're stunning birds.




  
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Apr 24, 2014 04:50 |  #358

A big welcome to the forum jholeana. I have pics of the Superbs and would have thought i would have posted some, but maybe i didn't? There are usually plenty at the AIS carpark.
It would be great to see you contribute to this thread.
If you need any info on birding spots in Canberra don't hesitate to ask, would be glad to provide help or even a tour of the wetlands if you like (i am out of town at the moment).
Anyway here is a Superb i took a while back at AIS.

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Apr 24, 2014 07:00 |  #359

Hi Shorty & Margaret, lovely to join & see your two friendly familiar faces here, so to speak! Thankyou (blame) Shorty for gently twisting my arm to get me here too as I really thought "here" was still only for Canon users - so pleased to be told otherwise. What a stunning representation of ACT birdlife! I notice when going through the thread there was mention of a possible Wild Birds of Aus thread. I can't seem to find it yet, or am I just not looking well enough?




  
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Apr 24, 2014 20:54 |  #360

rawshorty wrote in post #16857421 (external link)
A big welcome to the forum jholeana. I have pics of the Superbs and would have thought i would have posted some, but maybe i didn't? There are usually plenty at the AIS carpark.
It would be great to see you contribute to this thread.
If you need any info on birding spots in Canberra don't hesitate to ask, would be glad to provide help or even a tour of the wetlands if you like (i am out of town at the moment).
Anyway here is a Superb i took a while back at AIS.

Thanks for the welcome. I've always been interested in birds, having aviaries and breeding Australian natives since I was young. A number of house moves about 14 years ago saw me selling all my aviaries and birds and I have only just managed to get one more aviary up and running. I only have budgies at the moment, but will hopefully be able to get some more set up in the future, now that my kids are more independent and I actually have some time to myself on the weekends. I might also be able to devote some time to getting out into the reserves and doing a bit of photography work. I only have a 700D and the kit lenses - 18-55mm, 55-250mm and a 60mm macro lens I bought, so I'm a bit limited for anything in the distance, but will hopefully manage a lens upgrade and some proper classes in the future.




  
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