24 May 2013

time out for natures bounty

a mixed bag post with vistas, birds and skies....Lamington National Park, Qld.


Misty morning and Grass trees.  Xanthorrhoea sp., are a long time in the making; this taller one pictured is a dinosaur since it's claimed they grow just  6.35 mm (1/4") in a good year.

White-browed Scrub Wren

Satin Bowerbird's bower; some bowers had more items around them than others.  It is said that the Bowerbirds will steal from one another's bowers, naughty boys.

 See this u-tube from ElliotBurch13 for courtship display

looking from up high, down into the valley

Eastern Whipbird

not the best of shots but gives good overall impression; loving the olive colourings and handsome looks.  Have never gotten so close to these birds before; this one is obviously tourist-attuned.

Comment from FigMince has reminded me to add Birds in Backyards fact-sheet and on the right-hand side is a voice recording - the male first, which is responded to by the female

wonderful lichen decorations on damaged limbs; matters not where they grow.

nearing the end of one day

so different to the next ...

sun setting over the mountains

Sharing with Skywatch Friday

30 comments:

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Fabulous shots - thanks for sharing.

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

Something so different from what we are used to see around here.
Great photographs Carole.
Costas

Karen said...

Great series of shots Carole, I especially like the top sky shot, beautiful.

Kusum Sanu said...

Simply fabulous shots!

Jidhu Jose said...

excellent clicks
happy SWF

Liza said...

Lovely captures. Happy sky watching.

My sky.

Isidro Ortiz said...

Buenas capturas y video.Un abrazo

Brian King said...

Really beautiful! I love the fog and the sunset! The Whipbird is very striking! This is the first time I've seen a photo of one.

Red Nomad OZ said...

Wow - I'm impressed you were able to get ANY sort of shots of Eastern Whipbird - they're not easy to capture!! Your photos and story continue to make me want to put this beautiful area WAY high on the 'to do ' list!

Have a great weekend!

Bob Bushell said...

Fantastic shots of everything, I love the White-browed Scrub Wren, superb.

Phil said...

Brilliant landscape shots Carole - so obviously tropical with the bower birds too. Isn't our world wonderful?

Liz Needle said...

Beautiful bird shots. I love your fluffy blue wren. Your sunset shot is just stunning. Thank you.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful shots, Carole! I love the scenery, sky and the birds. The loveshack video is cool. Thanks for sharing, have a happy weekend!

Laura said...

beautiful series!

Pam ;) said...

your foggy photos are fabulous- lovely bird and courtship video Carole.

TexWisGirl said...

just gorgeous shots! almost rain-forest like! love the scrub wren - looks so intense. and the whipbird is cool!

Linley S said...

Fantastic shots Carole, beautiful sunset too.

Meghana Hassan said...

wow, such a wonderful place with great flora and fauna...

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I was under the impression that a Bowerbird's nest was very rare to come by and you found one!

rosadimaggio63 said...

Hello, lovely colors !
What a view of the sky you have from your place...
Bye Myriam :)

Joop Zand said...

Fantastic this landscape..... it's a lovely serie Carole.

Wish you a lovely weekend.

Hugs, Joop

Laura said...

Your photos always brighten my day, Carole! This time, my favorite is the one of the mountains in the distance at the end of the day, though I love the close ups of the birds! The video was amazing too! Thanks for sharing ElliotBurch13's video. hugs,
Laura

Judy said...

That first image is just plain stunning!!! Especially the mist!!!

Carver said...

Wonderful sequence of shots.

Jan Castle said...

So sad....maybe next time! Great shots Carole and loved the video!!!

FigMince said...

Nice stuff. Having lived in the hills behind Mullumbimby, I found some of these shots making me misty.

FigMince said...

But wait, Carole, there's more. It's just occured to me that many people don't realise that what they think is a single whip bird call (as close as I can express it, 'Tiu-u-u-u-whip! Tiu-tiu!') is in fact one of a couple (don't know which sex) calling the 'Tiu-u-u-u-whip!" and its partner answering with the 'Tiu-tiu!' to let it know where it is. If you listen carefully, you'll notice the second call is coming from a slightly different place/direction.

Carole M. said...

thanks FigMince; with your comment I have since added the Birds in Backyards fact sheet, with voice recording

Digi-Irma said...

What a beautiful nature is there.
Really well photographed Carole.
First picture is my favorite.
Regards, Irma

Liz said...

Great shots!! Love those little birds and your sunset is divine!!