12 May 2014

Spangled Drongo .. and others

You might think this bird would look a little more exotic ... touting such a name.  I've learnt it refers to 'metallic blue-green spots' though not visible on this bird/photograph, so maybe it's a juvenile?

More information is shown on the Birds in Backyards fact-sheet herewhere it is also suggested that the Spangled Drongo is often seen on telegraph wires.  Bingo!  That's where I captured this one recently, at Pacific Palms, on the mid north coast.

got the all important 'fish-tail' in this shot

 the birding group was 30+ strong, here's some looking out to a sandbar at Foster

Pelicans and Crested Terns were taking time out on the sandbar, in strong winds



while Corellas sat tight in trees by the carpark


 Pied Butcherbird

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23 comments:

Jenny said...

I like the Corellas. I might learn a think or two about birds if I joined a birding group. Wonder if the Dutch have them. Thanks for the show and the idea. xo Jenny

Carole M. said...

Hi Jenny, there's sure to be many groups - try this link for starters http://www.fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/netherlands.html

orchid Miyako said...

Wow, many people in the birding group. I once checked if there is one in my city, but couldn't find it(^^;) I love all kinds of wonderful birds from your country♪♪♪

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Irma said...

Beautiful series of pictures Carole.
What many birders there are in the group, very nice to see those as terns on the sandbar.
My favorite is picture 6.
Greetings Irma

eileeninmd said...

A popular outing for so many birders to turn up..The sandbar must be the happy spot for the birds. I enjoyed the variety of birds on this post.. Especially the Corella and the Terns! Have a happy week!

Helma said...

Lovely blog with pretty different birds. The lookout on the sandbar also gives lots of birds to study. The parrots in the tree I find really super nice!

Anni said...

Such a unique bird that pied butcherbird. All your images are great...I liked the added one of the group of birders...

---thanks for sharing your link this weekend.

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Richard Waring said...

More beautful photos and story here Carole. The Spangled is one that does my head in for a while until I remember the call as I only really see them once a year in Darwin. Congrats on the post. Regards, Richard

TexWisGirl said...

a great bunch of birds, again. 'spangled' what a great name. :)

love the pelican and terns shot. :)

Karen said...

You got some great shots! Love the corellas. I've never gone birding in a group, looks like fun!

Montanagirl said...

Lovely series of photos again. I like the markings on that Butcherbird.

Gail Dixon said...

All of your birds are so exotic to me! Love the ones with the terns on the sandbar. The blue and sand together make for such a pleasing image.

Ida said...

Love those Corellas. Also that first shot is cool, he looks very intent.

Brian King said...

The first guy is rather handsome! I like the black. So is the Butcherbird. Great shots of the sandbar!

Roy Norris said...

'Drongo' sounds like a scruff Carole and he looks it.{:))

Christian Weiß said...

A Drongo is exotic, even he is only black. I'm fascinated about the birders and that are beautiful photos.

Laura said...

Great photos of the various birds! Thoroughly enjoyed the photo of the humans!! What fun! Hugs, Laura

Russell Jenkins said...

Look at all those terns! Almost as many as the birders. Good to see...and those blues are so beautiful. Like Spangled Drongos myself.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Marvelous photos of the different birds. I like the sandbank with the many birds and the sunshine. Amazing !
Best regards, Synnöve

DeniseinVA said...

I've always thought how striking your Australian Pelicans are, and I love the name of the Spangled Drango. Great series of photos Carole. Happy week to you :)

David Gascoigne said...

How very different our locals species are!

NatureFootstep said...

lol, there is almost as many birders as there are birds. :) Cool images.