Posts Tagged With: birds

Garden Photography Challenge : Birds…

Some of the birds that used to visit our garden.

King Parrott

King Parrott

Little Correl

Little Corella





 Jude “Earth laughs in flowers” is hosting a garden photography challenge and for the month of March the theme is to show wild life that visits the garden. So for this last week of March (where have all the other weeks gone!!!) I am showing just a few of the birds that used to visit our garden.

These are photos from my archives as these birds no longer visit. They have been slowly chased out by the more aggressive crows, currawongs and noisy minors. The noisy minors are only small birds but they travel in gangs and dive bomb even the bigger kookaburra driving them away from prime feeding areas, and our garden has many native plants flowering all year round so we now have a large colony of noisy minors and crows. (I caught a crow having a bath just recently take a look here)

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Travel Theme : Birds

What big eyes you have...

What big eyes you have…



Changing places on the nest

Changing places on the nest

Little correl

Little Corrella

King Parrott

King Parrott

Tawny frogmouth

Tawny frog mouth

Family of Rainbow Lorikeets

Family of Rainbow Lorikeets

Thanks Ailsa, great theme this week, every one loves birds. ( click here to see more from other bloggers) They are not easy to photograph, but what a thrill when you manage to capture a good shot.

These are just a few of my personal favourites. When it rains a couple of Rainbow Lorikeets shelter on the back window sill, keeping dry under the eaves and I managed to capture this video of them. So cute.


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Our Magpie Family

Breakfast with the family

Breakfast with the family

Making sure they all get a feed

Making sure they all get a feed. You can see all the babies are squawking, “My turn, my turn”


They all love Jack

They all love Jack

This is a story that goes back to 1998 when we moved to Australia and bought a house in Queensland. A magpie would visit each morning and we called him Andy. After a while he brought along his partner and we called her Ladybird. Andy was a very gentle bird he would wait till Ladybird had her feed from Jack’s hand then carefully take what Jack offered him.

On rainy days they would shelter on the deck and serenade us with the most beautiful, vibrant song and then make soft warbling sounds in the back of their throat. It is the sound of the Aussie bush, we loved it.

As time went by they had babies and would bring them along to introduce them to us. Most years they had two or three but in 2007 they had 5 babies, (count them in the top photo).

The next year Andy disappeared. We were very sad.

Ladybird continued to come on her own for a while, then one day she brought along a new partner. A large, brash, younger looking bird that we called Toyboy. He was the opposite to gentle Andy, pushing Ladybird out-of-the-way and helping himself to most of the food. When their babies came along they inherited their father’s temperament, being quarrelsome and picking on each other.

After a few months they all stopped visiting us and we never saw them again and shortly after we set off on our round Australia trip.

Whenever I hear the song of the magpie it reminds me of the time we had a beautiful wild bird as our friend.




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Wild Weekly Photo Challenge : Birds of a Feather

“Birds come in all shapes and sizes, colors and kinds. The modern day descendants of dinosaurs, you will find birds in the warm tropical rainforests and in the coldest Antarctic. This week, we’re challenging you to turn your lens toward some feathery friends and capture your best shots of birds! Going forward, we’re going to be making the Wild Weekly Photo Challenge even more challenging and fun by choosing just 2 honorable mention winners.

Lorikeets in the rain

Lorikeets in the rain



Jabiru's on the nest

Jabiru’s on the nest



Crimson Rosellas

Crimson Rosellas

Major Mitchell Cockatoo

Major Mitchell Cockatoo

Pelican taking off

Pelican taking off

Tawny frogmouth

Tawny frogmouth

Little Corella

Little Corella

Blue Wren

Blue Wren





Young Magpies

Young Magpies




Let’s be wild” is an on line travel magazine with stories and photographs from travellers around the world. Every week they set a challenge for photographers to enter and this week it is “bird’s of a feather”

Here are a few birds I have captured on my trips around Australia and in my back yard plus some from wild life sanctuaries.








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Travel Theme : Bright

G’day Ailsa thank you for your happy, bright theme this week. I am going to have some fun with some photos I took a couple of years ago when I last visited Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Click here to go to Ailsa’s site and see lots more bright contributions.

Macaw original photo

Most of the birds and animals at this wildlife park are Australian. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of this really bright Macaw. Then I decided to give him the “photo shop” treatment…

Macaw photoshopped

Now I’ve got the “photo shop bug” so I found this water dragon among my photos and decided to have fun with him…

Water dragon

This treatment makes him look like a dinosaur. In fact he only stands about 20 centimetres tall…

Finally this photo is of some of the lorikeets when they come in to be fed. Currumbin is famous for these colourful, raucous little fellows. The park originally started as a sanctuary for the lorikeets, a local man Alex Griffith, would feed them each evening and very soon the numbers of birds turning up for a feed swelled to thousands. People heard about them and started to turn up to watch the feeding.

This photo is not photo shopped…

lorikeets at feeding time


Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary maintains a unique status in Australian tourism. With a

heritage spanning the pioneering days of Gold Coast tourism, Currumbin Wildlife

Sanctuary has also developed into a world-leader in the display and preservation of

Australia’s natural heritage.

With more than 1700 animals and birds, the Sanctuary is home to the largest collection

of Australian native wildlife in the world. Established more than 50 years ago, the

Sanctuary is also the Gold Coast’s longest-running attraction, attracting more than

450,000 visitors each year.

The Sanctuary was established in 1947 by beekeeper and flower grower Alex Griffiths,

who began feeding the region’s wild lorikeets to prevent them from ravaging his prized

blooms. The feeding of the colourful lorikeets soon developed from a local curiosity to a

popular tourist attraction.

In 1976, Alex gifted the Sanctuary to the people via the National Trust of Queensland, a

non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving the State’s natural and cultural heritage.

The Trust continues to operate the Sanctuary on a not-for-profit basis, with all revenue

reinvested back into the park, in conservation-based research, caring for sick and injured

wildlife and public education.

Originally known as Currumbin Bird Sanctuary, the park’s name was changed to

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in 1995 to better reflect the diverse range of animals on


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Travel Theme : Couples

Teenage magpies, almost ready to leave home

We had a magpie family that visited us every day.

In 1998 when we moved to Australia a magpie with a deformed foot came calling. He soon became a regular visitor and we called him Andy (he was “handicapped” with one claw missing!!!) After a while, with Jack feeding him, he became very tame and then brought along his mate. We called her Ladybird.

Each year they would bring over the babies to introduce them to us. Most years they just had 2. We loved to sit on the front deck and watch them as they would play, mock fighting, rolling around together on the lawn and gradually gaining confidence in us.

As the new breeding season approached the parents would harass and chase the youngsters away. The young ones disappeared to find their own way in the world and the season would start all over again.

During the breeding season Andy would become very protective and aggressively protect our garden, but he would only swoop on dogs and the poor postie, calling and squawking his anger. We always knew when the mail arrived.

In 2004 they produced 5 babies. I think this is very unusual.

That year we went to Korea to see our son married to a beautiful Korean girl. When we came back home after 4 weeks, only Ladybird came visiting. Sadly we never saw Andy again.

This is a lovely photo taken in 2004 of Jack with the family of magpies….

Jack with the magpie family

Ailsa of “Where’s my backpack” has had lots of response to this theme. Click on the link and visit them. They are very varied and very good..



I just couldn’t resist adding this one. I think it is one of the best bird photos I have taken. It was taken at  the “Wild life habitat” just outside Port Douglass

Changing of the guard on the nest



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Weekly Photo Challenge : Solitary : Bird 2….

Sunset, Hokitika

This photo is one of Jack’s You can see more of Jack’s photos on his blog . It is a favourite of mine and he kindly said I could use it in this post. The seagull poised on his own before taking off.

To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and the flow of the tides, to
feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of
shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for
untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad
to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any
earthly life can be.
Rachel Carson
Under the

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Solitary : Bird

Raptor, can any one tell me what it is?

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely
Ringed with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath
him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he
Alfred, Lord Tennyson


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I’ve got my eye on you

Cassowary at Boulders National Park

This is one of those unexpected captured moments that cannot be repeated.

We were camping at Boulders National Park near Innesfail. This is a lovely FREE campsite run by the National Parks. Most NP camps have a fee of $6 or $7 per person. Here you have a limit of 3 nights and only a dozen camp sites, so it is a case of get there early to secure your spot. This area had been devastated by tropical cyclone Yasi a year ago and the food supply for the cassowaries had been stripped bare. Consequently the rangers had to supply the birds with food and they had become used to people. This big bloke wandered through the camp checking us all for hand-outs. He didn’t get any, as large signs warned us of feeding them, but he still looked around. Look at Jacks face, he was not very comfortable with such a close encounter.

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Here’s looking at you…


What beautiful long eyelashes.

 Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

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