05 September 2012

Eastern Spinebill, you made my day


Any way he posed was fine with me; what a charmer! 


Location, Quorrobolong and surrounds, on a group birding outing. Though we sighted various birds in the treetops, gaining photographs of them on the day was going to prove to be light-on. 

... perhaps in construction still.  Did I hear someone say it maybe belongs to a Friar bird?

Over the other side of this waterway...

Purple Swamp Hens
 
 and on the other side of this dam...

were the Hardheads; a new duck to me!


always keep sight of the group vehicles ahead of you






it was easy to be distracted by the oddity of beautiful flowering prunus in the bushland.

forever optimistic
 


and as long shadows and pelicans take over at Ellalong Lagoon, it was time to call it a day.

Sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday

25 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

the whole mess of pelicans at the end is great! love that spinebill! beautiful colors and you caught his eye well!

HansHB said...

Great WBW post! New birds for me!

eileeninmd said...

Wow, the Spinebill is gorgeous. Awesome photos. Your whole post was just wonderful. The pelicans are great too. Looks like a great day birding with the group. Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

mick said...

All beautiful but that first bird would definitely make my day as well!

Dianne said...

The Eastern Spinebill is just gorgeous with lovely deep colourings ... What a find and he doesn't seem to mind posing.

Brian King said...

Yeah, that Spinebill is really cool! Love the eyes and the plumage. The Swamp Hens are similar to our Moorhens. That's some beautiful country you were walking in! I'm watching the new season of "Dirty Jobs" in Australia! :-)

Horst in Edmonton said...

Beautiful bird, that Eastern Spinebill. Looks like you had a great outing. Have a great week.

Pat said...

The Spinebill is a gorgeous bird and you got some really nice shots of him. I love the large flock of Pelicans in the last shot.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

The Spinebill is a very pretty bird. He has a very long bill.

Carole M. said...

thanks everyone for your comments, and to Brian,re the show Dirty Jobs in Australia - I hadn't heard of it so searched online, went to look a two videos and each told me 'sorry but this video is not available in your area/location'. It is on pay-tv and I don't have it, but perhaps they plan to use it here in that media at some time. I could see the titles and first image of each video so have the concept; hope you're enjoying the series.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - thanks for the visit to WBW

The Spine-Bill is a nice picture - I've struggled to get any decent pictures of this bird - I never seem to see them when I have a my longer lens on! Oh well!

The bird did seem very long and skinny when I saw it, so when I looked up its weight I was not really surprised.

Cheers - Stewart M

diane b said...

That looks like loads of fun, chasing after birds. The eastern Spinebill has lovely rich colours. I enjoyed all the photos on your blog.

Danielle said...

What beautiful colors that Spinebill has!! I love seeing birds from other parts of the country that are not specific to our area.

Montanagirl said...

Nice bunch of photos! Really like that Spinebill. He looks like a combination of birds all wrapped up in one! His bill looks like a Hummer, with the body of a Robin, etc.
Love the Pelicans.

Digi-Irma said...

What a great photos especially the first three birds that I have never seen.
Greetings Irma

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What stunning captures. I certainly would not want to carry a lens like that man has around though!

Jan Castle said...

Fun day for you...great shots Carole!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

Filip and Kristel said...

Sharp and very beautiful bird.

Greetings,
Filip

NewMexiKen said...

Thanks for taking us on the walk! Those Purple Swamphens have invaded our South Florida neighborhood despite several campaigns to eradicate (shoot) them. I think they are here to stay!

Neil said...

Looks like a nice day out beautiful photos.

Larry said...

Wow Carole, that Eastern Spinebill is a real looker and you got some awesome shots of it! Very impressive shots of the forest too, and I love the huge flock of Pelicans at the end.

Joke (Jokes Camera) said...

So interesting to see all your beautiful pictures, Carole. What a great trip must this have been. We don't have those birds in the Netherlands. I love your last picture of the pelicans most. Thanks for your comment on my blog. Greetings, Joke

Roy said...

That is a really special bird Carole, such amazing colouring.

Liz said...

The Eastern Spinebill would have made my day too, Carole!! What a great adventure. I love that huge lens... that's my dream lens one day.
All thos Pelicans at the end are wonderful!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh the Eastern Spinebill, what a gorgeous looking bird, wonderful images~