Superb Fairy-wren

The female Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) may not be as vividly coloured as her male counterpart, but she is still a beautiful little bird. I have identified three males and three female, with possibly one juvenile, living in my back garden.

While I have managed to take some photos of the males, the female has eluded me. However, in the past couple of weeks, I have managed to get a few photographs.

Superb Fairy-wren

Here, she is being escorted by two of the males. These birds are small (11-14 cm.) and very fast. I barely had the chance to get the camera to my eye, press the shutter, then they were off!

Superb Fairy-wren

Superb Fairy-wren

Superb Fairy-wren

Female Superb Fairy-wrens are brown, with a reddish-brown bill, lores.

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My Garden Birds

For a while there, it was looking like January was going to be the month of the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita). However, judging by the quietness of the neighbourhood lately, it seems they must have moved on to new hunting grounds.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

Crimson Rosellas (Platycercus elegans)Galahs (Eolophus roseicapillus) are all frequent visitors to the feeders in my garden. Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus) occasionally turn up, and then have the cheek to try and take over.

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Galah

Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus)

Galah

Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus)

Galah

Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus)

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)

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Shooting with Film – Circa1985

The new year was to be the start of my new project of shooting with film. As it turned out, my last photo shoot of 2017 was using my old film camera, which I had rescued from the back of the cupboard. I will share those photos here, once they are developed and printed.

Back in about 1985, Nikon had released an entry-level SLR, the Nikon EM, at a price that allowed photographers like me to upgrade my camera. The camera came fitted with a Nikon Series E 50mm 1: 1.8 lens.

Recently, I found a photo album with some photographs I had taken back in the 1980s, and, I must admit, I had forgotten how good that lens was.

Aire River, Otway National Park – c1985

Aire River - Circa 1983

This photograph was shot using that camera and lens, loaded with Kodacolor film.

The following photographs were also taken on that same photo shoot. They are of the Hopetoun Falls and other scenes of the Aire River.Hopetoun Falls

Aire River - Circa 1985

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2018 – The First Six Days

On New Year’s Day, the Little Raven (Corvus mellori) family came to the feeders in my front garden. There were two adult birds and three juveniles.

They had been nesting in a tree at the bottom of my yard, and until this visit had rarely come down from the treetops.

Little Raven

The following photograph is of a Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) in full breeding colours.

Superb Fairy-wren

As soon as I had snapped that photo, he immediately turned around. So, for a bit of fun, here he is – a rear view.

Superb Fairy-wren

If there were ever a vote for the bird with the worst attitude, the Sulphur-crest Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) would win, hands down!

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

These birds are loud, gregarious, and definitely have attitude!

The following photo is another male Superb Fairy-wren. I have been observing him in the garden and I have noticed some odd behaviour.

I first noticed it a couple of weeks ago, when he sat within a Blackberry bush, preening. He sat for ages hidden under the Blackberry’s leaves, surrounded by large thorny canes. They were his protection.

In the photo below, (which was taken in my front garden), I snapped him feeding, but, again, he stayed within the protection of my bottlebrush’s foliage.

Superb Fairy-wren

I have read recently of how the male Superb Fairy-wren can change his behaviour when he comes into his breeding colours. He feels vulnerable, and unlike the other adult male, he was with, was not going to venture out into the open.

Below are some more photos that were taken in my front garden.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella

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Summer Visitors

Every summer the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos (Cacatua galerita) arrive at my place for the summer.

When Spring arrives, I have noticed a “scout” flies over the neighbourhood, staying for just a few days before leaving. Anything from a week to a few days will pass then the whole flock will appear.

This year the most birds have turned up. The flock numbering at least a hundred is twice as big as the flock that has turned up in other years.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

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Birds in my Garden

Many years ago, after building our house, we turned our minds to planning our garden. The house block, which was about 2 acres in size, had no trees on it. It had been once part of a farm and had been used as grazing for dairy cows, then, ploughed over for planting potatoes.

We planted native trees and shrubs and now we are reaping the reward for our effort. The trees are filled with native birds and honeyeaters flock to the flowers.

This New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) was busy in the front garden getting his fill of nectar from the Kangaroo Paw plant.

PC283466-New Holland Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater

These Superb fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus) are often seen early in the morning and late in the afternoon chasing insects to eat.

Superb Fairy-wren

Superb Fairy-wren

Galahs (Eolophus roseicapillus) visit the front garden where the feeders and bird bath keep them occupied.

Galah

Occasionally the Rainbow Lorikeets  (Trichoglossus haematodus) visit to join the Galahs at the feeder.

Rainbow Lorikeet

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Pin-cushion Hakea

The Pin-cushion Hakea (Hakea laurina) is a superb Australia Native Plant endemic to South-west Australia, however is grown widely throughout Australia and overseas.

The following photographs are of the flower of this small tree.

Pin-cushion Hakea

Pin-cushion Hakea

Meaning of the name: Hakea laurina

Hakea: after the 20th century botanist Baron von Hake.

laurina: because of the laurel like leaves.

Pin-cushion Hakea

Pin-cushion HakeaPin-cushion Hakea

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