Getting Up Close

I am often amazed at how close some wild birds will allow me to get. Slow steady movement is required; any sudden moves and the subject is gone.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

This Sulphur-crested Cockatoo had landed on a branch near my back deck. Although nervous, it allowed me to get within a couple of metres, and take this portrait.

Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)

This portrait of a young Australian King Parrot was a little easier to take. On a hot summer’s day, it was intent on getting a cool drink.

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Spotted Pardalote

At 8 – 10cms in length, the Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) is one of Australia’s smallest birds. Over the past few weeks, I have been fortunate enough to take many photographs of this beautiful bird.

Spotted Pardalote

Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus)

The male bird is easily identified by its bright colours and white spots. So far, I have only seen the female fleetingly. She did not sit still long enough for a photo. The female Spotted Pardalote has yellow spots.

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The Spotted Pardalote is also called the Diamond Bird or Jewellery Bird.

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Breeding Season

I have a pair of Superb Fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus) resident in my backyard. Over the past few weeks, I have taken a series of photographs of the transformation of the male bird as he changes into his breeding colours.

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Male Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)

The above photo shows the male bird in eclipse plumage. Other than his brighter blue tail and his black bill, for the winter he looks much like his female mate.

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Female Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)

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Start of the moult – Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)

Within a few days of my first photo, the start of the moult was evident.

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Superb Fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus)

As the days go by, his breeding colours become more evident.

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Superb Fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus)

In this photo the moult is complete. He proudly wears his full breeding colours.

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Backyard Birds

Of all the birds that visit my backyard, the Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) would outnumber them all. During our recent bouts of bad weather, I have kept myself amused by pointing my lens towards these birds as they came to feed. It was a good opportunity to highlight the birds in their different plumages at different stages of immaturity.

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Adult Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

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Adult Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

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Immature Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

In the above photo, this Juvenile/Immature Crimson Rosella was intent on protecting his place in the queue to gain access to the feeding bowl.

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Immature Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

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Immature Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

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Immature Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

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Immature Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

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Immature Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

This pair of birds at the feeding bowl are almost, but not quite, at the same stage of immaturity.

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Immature Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

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Immature Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

The above Crimson Rosella is almost at full adult plumage.

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Adult Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

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