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Feb 05, 2023 05:25 |  #4606

Tonight was Big Bird night
Our eagles that visited a while back are still here
This one perched in his vantage point was so majestic, regal awesome
I walked closer this time, slowly
It didn't seem concerned, but at one time it threw its head back and screeched a few times.
I'd wonder if I was distressing it but decided it was perhaps calling its mate
Whilst watching another large raptor appeared and at first thought it to be eagles mate but no, it was a "hawk". No idea what - they're all 'hawks' which isn't very satisfactory :rolleyes:
I then left it and wandered across to the dam where two black swan were enjoying time on the water.
Then 3 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos flew past all the while a couple of Kookaburras were chiming up in the trees behind me
I looked back at eagle and a Forest Raven ~ Corvus tasmanicus was sitting in the branch above the eagle.
It flew off and the Raven chased it, They did several circuits of the gum tree before the eagle went its own way

Wedge-tailed Eagle

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"hawk" ID appreciated thanks
Cropped quite heavily but I left a bit of the eagles tree in as it was reasonably close to the eagle which made no movement at all.
Two magnificent birds of prey in one space at same time - an awesome experience at the end of a magnificent fine summers day

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Feb 05, 2023 05:37 |  #4607

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo early evening

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Laughing Kookaburra late evening.
Two had been communicating all the time I was watching the eagle, but the light was fading fast by the time I found it in this last patch of sun

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Feb 05, 2023 09:50 |  #4608

Couple from today. Fish going over fogg dam wall caught in the overflow are now getting bigger.

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Feb 05, 2023 09:53 |  #4609

A cattle egret in flight. Virtually impossible to get close enough even using a 200% crop and a 600mm lens but I fluked one today. Only needed a 90% crop this time :)

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Feb 05, 2023 09:54 |  #4610

Final one ...And another egret with eyes almost bigger than his stomach or should I say beak ....Took him a while to get this one down :)

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Feb 05, 2023 14:12 |  #4611

clipper_from_oz wrote in post #19476298 (external link)
Final one ...And another egret with eyes almost bigger than his stomach or should I say beak ....Took him a while to get this one down :)
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Fab capture, it does look like a struggle to get that one down!!


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Feb 05, 2023 16:52 |  #4612

clipper_from_oz wrote in post #19476293 (external link)
Couple from today. Fish going over fogg dam wall caught in the overflow are now getting bigger.
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Wow, I can't believe there was such big fish. Not much water going over the road on Saturday and hardly any egrets on the road. I must have come at the wrong time :-)


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Feb 05, 2023 17:51 |  #4613

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Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo early evening
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Great shots!

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Couple from today. Fish going over fogg dam wall caught in the overflow are now getting bigger.

clipper_from_oz wrote in post #19476297 (external link)
A cattle egret in flight. Virtually impossible to get close enough even using a 200% crop and a 600mm lens but I fluked one today. Only needed a 90% crop this time :)

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Final one ...And another egret with eyes almost bigger than his stomach or should I say beak ....Took him a while to get this one down :)

Excellent series! That's quite a mouthful in the third one.


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Feb 05, 2023 18:58 |  #4614

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Wow, I can't believe there was such big fish. Not much water going over the road on Saturday and hardly any egrets on the road. I must have come at the wrong time :-)

Had to wait a while though to see a bigger fish get caught but they are certainly going over the dam wall just not in large num,bers at the moment .


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Feb 05, 2023 20:04 |  #4615

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Great shots!

Excellent series! That's quite a mouthful in the third one.

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Feb 06, 2023 02:49 |  #4616

Not a lot happening but still had a few willing to pose for me. Looking more like a prehistoric "Raptor" the Tasmanian Swamp Chook emerges from the undergrowth. The welcome Swallow is always 'welcome'.

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Feb 06, 2023 02:52 |  #4617

The Major Mitchell Cockatoo (aviary escapee) is still doing fine and remains local, and the Great Cormorant is looking fine in his breeding plumage.

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Feb 06, 2023 04:29 |  #4618

clipper_from_oz wrote in post #19476510 (external link)
Had to wait a while though to see a bigger fish get caught but they are certainly going over the dam wall just not in large num,bers at the moment .

I probably wasn't patient enough :lol: Went on the Waterlily walk for a few hours and managed to see a few Rose-crowned Fruit-doves. Otherwise, mostly mosquitos :evil:;-)a


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Feb 06, 2023 12:16 |  #4619

Clifty wrote in post #19476636 (external link)
Not a lot happening but still had a few willing to pose for me. Looking more like a prehistoric "Raptor" the Tasmanian Swamp Chook emerges from the undergrowth. The welcome Swallow is always 'welcome'.


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The Major Mitchell Cockatoo (aviary escapee) is still doing fine and remains local, and the Great Cormorant is looking fine in his breeding plumage.

Great series!


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Feb 06, 2023 20:36 |  #4620

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Tonight was Big Bird night
Our eagles that visited a while back are still here
This one perched in his vantage point was so majestic, regal awesome
I walked closer this time, slowly
It didn't seem concerned, but at one time it threw its head back and screeched a few times.
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It flew off and the Raven chased it, They did several circuits of the gum tree before the eagle went its own way

Wedge-tailed Eagle

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"hawk" ID appreciated thanks
Cropped quite heavily but I left a bit of the eagles tree in as it was reasonably close to the eagle which made no movement at all.
Two magnificent birds of prey in one space at same time - an awesome experience at the end of a magnificent fine summers day
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By no means an expert opinion, possibly Swamp harrier.
If you google, you may see some photos or description that helps.
At mdahlem.net there are photos of the underside of the wings with a distinctive pattern.
Physical description is quite thorough too.
If it is Swamp harrier, probably juvenile. Breeding is Oct-Dec.


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