06 June 2014

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and others...

Location: Carnarvon Gorge, Central Qld.

a familiar sight around Australia



Blue-faced Honeyeater, though the 'blue' isn't evident, perhaps a juvenile, or it's in the shadows?  These birds were quite vocal and seeming to always be on the move, hard to get a good overall shot at them as they too, fed on the macrozamia fruits

I was sitting on the verandah with a coffee (and camera) and spotted in the distance, my only chance to get the photo, and the first time I've sighted ...   a Squatters Pigeon

a dry creek bed, surely something would be down there...

a little family of juvenile or female Fairy Wrens were enjoying the last of the sun that afternoon

there was evidence of Pardalote holes in the clay bank ...and a vague sighting of Striated Pardalotes

my luck was running out it seemed

when I spotted this Red-backed Fairy Wren without having my camera settings right.  Or was I too excited to keep control over the camera?!  It's rather like the fish that got away....

23 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i like that pigeon!

Brian King said...

They're all beautiful birds, but that Honeyeater is absolutely gorgeous!

Jeanne said...

Love your birds and what a great variety you have to enjoy. That is a very interesting rendition of the fairy wren, and your commment on it made me laugh.

eileeninmd said...

I just love the Cockatoos. They are beautiful. Congrats on your Red-backed Fairy wren sighting.. Beautiful birds. Have a happy weekend!

Susan said...

Just brilliant photos Carole. You spotted well :D)
Love that glimpse of the Pardalotes - their nest sites fascinate me :D)

Christian Perrin said...

If you are spending any length of time in QLD, the opportunity to photograph Pardalotes and Red-backed Fairy-Wrens will arise again!

Great sighting of the Squatter Pigeon. I've never seen one and apparently they are greatly reduced in number compared to the 'good old days'.

The immature Blue-faced Honeyeaters have a green face, so it looks like that's what you've snapped in the photo - which is composed beautifully by the way! That species really is fond of fronds!

Carnarvon seems like such a spectacular area, I've always wanted to visit. I look forward to more pics!

Carole M. said...

thanks all for your comments ... and for Christian "more pics" from Carnarvon have been going up over several posts of late on Snap Happy Online (my sister blog :))

Montanagirl said...

Such interesting birds and views, Carole! I like the white Cockatoos.

ladyfi said...

A lovely series of bird shots.

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures, Carole.
I love the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.
This is only here at the zoo.
Greetings Irma

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I really enjoyed this great series of shots. I've got lots of ones that got away!

Naquillity said...

so many great captures. all your birds are beautiful but i enjoyed the fairy wren most... hope all is well. have a great day~

Russell Jenkins said...

Wonderful pictures. I visited Carnarvon Gorge in the 90s and I can breathe the air there thanks to these pictures. What a tremendous place. Thanks for sharing.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

With the last photo, the way I see those kinds of photos is that they are better than nothing at all.

Karen said...

I would never tire of seeing the cockatoos. Cute little fairy wrens. I have quite a few shots like your last one, I call them my identification shots ;)

Carver said...

Fantastic shots of the birds.

Gail Dixon said...

You have the most exotic birds where you live! I have many photos like the red-backed fairy wren and usually it's because I'm so excited. lol

Jan Castle said...

Wonderful to see all your birding pics!

David Gascoigne said...

I always think of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos as one of Australia's iconic birds. It was one of the first three birds I saw when I visited.

Stewart M said...

I'd be excited if I got a chance to photograph that last bird as well - but you still saw a great bird.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Helma said...

A beautiful location Carole and I also see nice weather and various birds :-)

Lisa Gordon said...

These are wonderful photographs, Carole, and I just love those cockatoos! :-)

Liz said...

A great collection of birds Carole.