27 March 2013

Olive-backed Oriole and Grey Fantail

7.30 a.m. and the sun welcomes a new day in Gloucester on the mid-north coast, N.S.W.  Just the spot for an Olive-backed Oriole.
 
Wondering what it sounds like?  Look to recording on right-hand side of this Birds in Backyards fact sheet.
 

Just a half hour earlier.  Attempts for early-bird photos failed due to the long exposures.  Lights in the background belong to local swimming pool.
 
much further along, a delightful Grey Fantail
 
flitted back and forth from the shrubbery, across the river, picking up insects on the fly
 
and back again
 
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21 comments:

mick said...

A great series of photos. I especially like the little Fantail.

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant, the sounds of whistling, it is amazing. And the birds, well, they are truly photogenic.............cheers Carole.

grammie g said...

Hi Carole...Love seeing these birds..so interesting to see what's on the wing in other countries!!
The Grey Fantail huddle in the bushes is a nice one !!
Grace

HansHB said...

Great post for the theme!
Well done!

TexWisGirl said...

very pretty - both of them! enjoyed that sweet caller, too!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

awww, i love the last shot - checking under that wing. super cute. ( :

eileeninmd said...

Lovely images, Carole. The Olive -backed Oriole and the Grey Fantail are beautiful birds. Great captures!

Deanna said...

Lovely sightings for your early morning!!

Karen said...

Great shots. The fantail is so cute.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That first fantail photo is stunning. They are all good. The swimming pool lights picture is pretty cool looking also.

Dave said...

I also like the Fantail image of it tucked in nicely, great post
Dave

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful pictures Carole, these birds are not here in the Netherlands.
You did very well photographed, my compliments
Greetings Irma

Montanagirl said...

Very nice photos. I didn't even know there was an Olive-backed Oriole. The recording wouldn't work for me.

Wally Jones said...

Thank you for introducing me to two new birds!
Very nice photographs of them!

Gary said...

Great close ups there!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Pam ;) said...

Lovely series of birds to delight my day- thanks Carole.

Geke said...

Lovely pictures from the Grey Fantail!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love them! You guys over there have the best birds!! The fantail series is so sweet -- I can practically see him moving.

Brian King said...

Love the breast markings on the oriole! The fantail is a handsome bird! Wonderful photos, Carole!

Sharyl said...

How do you ever learn to identify all these species of birds, Carole! (I swear we only have 3 here, but it's not true. There are a few more. Ha!) Still, I wonder, do you take a birding book with you, or just know them all by now?! It's so impressive!

Carole M. said...

thanks everyone! ...Sharyl, you gradually get to easily identify those you see most often, but as for new birds in differing locations i.e. the olive-backed oriole, one of my birding friends walking with me that morning knew it. Once someone tells me what a new bird is I make a note and then look it up in my bird book etc. Can't carry my heavy bird-book around with me - I have my binoculars around my neck; my long-lens camera off one shoulder, and my little point and shoot for locations pics in my pocket. Sometimes it's also wise to have a backpack with other things i.e. water, insect repellent, sun-screen - the list gets longer....