2016 -The Year with Birds

This is a type of pictorial diary record of the birds I have photographed this year.

January – Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis)

Red-browed Finch

One of my favourite little birds: 11 – 12 cm in size. It is also known as a Firetail.

February – Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina)

Pied Currawong

41 – 51 cm in size. They have a noisy distinctive voice.

March – Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)

Superb Fairy-wren

This photograph is of a male in moult. The breeding season has come to an end so he has begun to lose his brilliant colours. Below, I have included the Superb Fairy-wren during the breeding season so he can be compared with the one moulting.

Superb Fairy-wren

April – Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata)

Red Wattlebird

33 – 37 cm in size. Wattlebirds are raucous and territorial. They attempt to chase all other birds out of their territory.

May – Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)

Black-shouldered Kite

Black-shouldered Kite

This pair of Kites were spotted on the side of the road as I drove home.

June – Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)

Australian King Parrot

King Parrots are 40 – 45 cm in size. This is the male who landed in a tree near my wood heap. I was actually gathering fire wood (June is the middle of winter here in Australia) and had to rush inside to get  my camera.

July – Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)

Satin Bowerbird

The Satin Bowerbirds turned up in my garden in July. They are very flighty birds and difficult to photograph, the slightest moment can send them scurrying off to hide in the bushes. The male is glossy blue-black in colour, and 27 – 33 cm in size.

August – House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

House Sparrow

During the 19th century,  House Sparrows were introduced into Australia by the early settlers. I have a small flock which calls my garden home.

September – Little Raven (Corvus mellori)

Little Raven

Most people will errorously call the Little Raven a crow. There are three types of ravens in Australia, the others being The Australian Raven and the Forest Raven. The Little Raven is the smallest at 50 cm while the other two are 52 cm.

October – Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)

Silvereye

There are eight continental Australian races of Silvereyes. Five races are found in south-east and eastern Australia and are grey-backed; hence their alias Grey-backed Silvereyes.

November – Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

Laughing Kookaburra

An iconic Australian bird, no album of birds would be complete without the Kookaburra or Laughing Jackass as it is also known. It is also the largest of the Kingfishers.

December – Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus)

Spotted Pardalote

Pardalotes are tiny foliage foragers that breed in small burrows or tree hollows. The Race punctatus is 8-9.5 cm in size. The male bird has white spots; the female, yellow.

I hope you have enjoyed the photographs I have chosen. I have published each one under the month I took the photo. Many of these birds will be found in my garden all year round.

Please Note: All photographs appearing on my blog were taken by me. They are copyrighted and all rights are reserved. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me by leaving a comment below with your order and contact details. I will then get back to you.

 

 

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