Australian (NSW) birds - update 21st July 2020

  • He's just showing off now Hazel lol.... do the two Tawny Grassbirds look different to each other, or is it just me? All stunning birds tho, and beautifully captured
  • More absolutely unbelievable birds, such colour it makes me dizzy just viewing them, can you imagine the thrill you would get seeing them through your camera lens. My friend in Margaret River (Perth) has sent me a pic of the Fairy Wren they had in the garden, that tail is longer and more pointed than our Wren I think. Your brother is very talented Hazy, thanks for posting.

    Lot to learn

  • In reply to PimperneBloke:

    Thanks folks,  

    PimperneBloke said:
    do the two Tawny Grassbirds look different to each other, or is it just me?

    I will have to check the ID again PB,  you are right, they look like different birds so I may have put the wrong name in when uploading them.  Good spotting as I hadn't noticed.  

    post edit:    indeed it is a different bird,    so I have corrected the two different species of Grassbird;   one is Tawny and the other is Little Grassbird.    Thanks PB.   

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Oh, Hazel, many thanks to you and to your brother for the new set of photos! Gorgeous birds and fabulous photos! They are all beautiful, but of course, particularly the Osprey--lol! (But you knew I'd say that!) Sorry that you have to delay your visit to your brother, but all being well, I hope you can travel sometime in the next year if possible, especially if a vaccine has been produced before then so that travel is less worrying. In the meantime, you can occupy yourself with local birding and organising your new flat once the carpets are in and the rest of your belongings have arrived from storage. That way you will come home from Australia to a place which is exactly as you want it to be rather than having to worry about what you might need to do next after a lovely trip to see your brother and family in Australia.

    Kind regards, 

    Ann

  • Cracking set of photos Hazel, thank you brother. All lovely and the colours are beautiful. I like the spotted harrier and the fairy wren looks like it has had pipe cleaners stuck on its rear, it's tail is so upright!!

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • Thanks everyone, I'll tell Graham, he will be pleased you enjoyed the photos and a bit of different jizz from Australia (Northern Rivers/Clarence Valley, NSW)

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • I missed your update, Hazel. All I can say is WOW, what stunning birds they have in northern NSW. It helps that your brother is such a good photographer.
    Such a shame that any visit you may have planned is now on hold. This lockdown can't last forever so let's hope ......

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    Regards,Tony

    My Flickr Photostream 

  • Many thanks Tony, they are lucky to get such amazing variety out there and I can't wait for the day I can join Graham on a birding adventure as I think I've converted him to bird watching lol He's heading off for a couple of days fishing this week with his family a bit further south and my niece said it was a bit of a trek of 7km. out to the fishing "spit" area so there were decisions to be made as to what to carry with regard to fishing rods and photo-gear; I told him share the fishing rod and take the camera and lenses LOL I think the hump-backed whales are heading back up the eastern seaboard with their offspring. I remember seeing a hump-back whale breaching in the water once when I fished on the Victorian coastline - something I will never forget. Amazing how close in to shore they get sometimes and the odd one has found its way in to the Melbourne "horseshoe shaped" harbour area. We often used to fish off the piers and watch dolphins rounding up the fish we were meant to catch lol    Happy days and fond memories galore.

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Was just checking Instagram (as I don't usually do social media - the RSPB is the nearest I get ! )  and noticed my brother has added a couple more pics of birds from his home area of northern NSW....

    Eastern Spinebill         what a gorgeous photo,  so proud of my brother !    I'd be out there this year (or next year) to join him on his photographic adventures if it wasn't for the wretched Covid19 pandemic   :( 

    and a Buff-banded Rail

    Scarlet Honeyeater 

    Superb Fairy-wren

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • More absolute stunners. I'm not jealous at all!!