Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Black-shouldered Kites in Alice Springs

Near my Dad’s place I found a pair of Black-shouldered Kites. I saw them catch mice only ten metres from me and then sit up in one of many favourite perches to eat. I noticed the Black-shouldered Kites had different favourite perches at different times of the day. They did not spend much time together, however they did not get too far away from each other. Both Kites tended to perch at the top of the tree. I observed they both called to each other.  Hope you like the photos.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Centralian Carpet Python, Red-capped Robin, and a very cool sunset

I was staying with some friends in the rural area of Alice Springs and went to collect the eggs from the chook pen this morning. I walked in, turned left and stopped. There was one of the chooks in one corner, and a really, really, big snake in the other corner of the chook pen. I backed out of the chook pen, ran back to the house and grabbed my camera, hoping it hadn't moved. I was very happy it had stayed still, and took a few photos. Here is one of them:

Centralian Carpet Python

The chook and the snake

I went with my Dad and brother to Redbank Gorge a few weeks ago camping overnight and saw this beautiful Red-capped Robin

I was at my mum's place a few weeks ago and saw some fantastic colours at sunset. I love the shadow part of the photos. Not sure what created it, but I thought it looked pretty cool.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Fairy Penguins and Budgerigars

At Phillip Island Nobbies we found a adult  Fairy Penguin under the board walk.
 We also saw some moulting penguins

 Me and my dad went down Undoolya hills and went to a puddle were dad had seen budgies the day before.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Sunday, 23 August 2015

My brief encounter with a male red kangaroo joey

This morning when my dad and I were leaving the house, we found this beautiful little joey feeding on one some of the plants in the front yard. It seemed pretty tame, and eventually I managed to sit close enough to pat it. Dad rang a friend who came around and said it was a young male red kangaroo. She was a carer so she took it back home with her, but not before dad took a few photos and a video. It was a really lovely surprise to start the day.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Top End Trip Bird Photos - Alice Springs to Edith Falls

My Dad and I drove to Darwin. I was supposed to be playing cricket with my brother, but I had a small fracture in my arm and had to go with dad instead of the team on the bus.

We hadn't gone more than 5 kilometres from Alice Springs when I asked Dad to stop. It was only a Black-shouldered Kite. The first day and night we drove about half way, to Longreach Waterhole near Elliott. Here are some photos, starting with a Lifer for me, the Jacky Winter.

Jacky Winter

We saw a few Apostlebirds at Daly Waters Roadhouse:


We stopped off at Bitter Springs near Mataranka and I saw another of my favourite birds, the Lemon-bellied Flycatcher

Lemon-bellied Flycatcher

We saw a few other birds between Elliott and Edith Falls, but I finally managed some nice photos of the Finches on Edith Falls Road.

Crimson Finch

 Double-barred Finch

Day 1 and 2 on our trip were fantastic fun, even with the broken arm. The Gouldian Finches were a bit quick for my camera to focus, but as you will read in future posts, I did finally manage to capture them too.