Mystery Solved!

I had my suspicions, but yesterday afternoon I got the (photographic) proof! The fruit from my Crab Apple tree has been disappearing and it appears it is a favourite of the Crimson Rosellas which visit my garden.

Juvenile Rosella enjoys a Crab Apple.

Juvenile Rosella enjoys a Crab Apple.

Now I'll have that one down there!

Now I’ll have that one down there!

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Superb Fairy-wren #2

In a previous post I showed some images of a pair of Superb Fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus) which were visiting my kitchen window and feeding on any insects they could find. In those photos the male was not yet showing his breeding colours.

The latest photo taken this morning shows the male in his full breeding colours.

Superb Fairy-wrens - the male is now in full breeding colours

Superb Fairy-wrens – the male is now in full breeding colours

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Feral Pigeon

The Rock Dove (Columba livia) is more commonly known as the Feral Pigeon here in Australia. It will be found mainly in urban areas living on city buildings and flocks of pigeons will be seen along the roadways and railway lines.

Rock Dove or Feral Pigeon

Rock Dove or Feral Pigeon

The plumage of the Feral Pigeon is variable but has a basic pattern of blue-grey with a glossy sheen on the neck. Its wings are black with a chequered pattern, or two black wing bars.

Rock Dove

Rock Dove

These birds grow to about 33 centimetres in size.

Rock Dove

Rock Dove

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Camellia

According to Wikipedia, there are between 100 and 250 species of Camellias. They are found growing naturally in eastern and southern Asia. The images below were all taken in the Botanic Gardens at Colac.

Camellia

Pink and White Camellia

Camellia

White Camellia

 

Camellia

Red Camellia

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Black-winged Stilt

The Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) is a native Australian bird ranging in size between 36 to 38 centimetres. They are carnivorous and live in open freshwater wetlands, coastal bays and inlets.

They breed from August until December and are not considered endangered.

The images below were all taken at the Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve an excellent place to observe all types of  Australian birds.

The Black-winged Stilts (Himantopus himantopus) in flight

The Black-winged Stilts (Himantopus himantopus) in flight with their long pink legs trailing behind!

The Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) at rest.

The Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) at rest.

When the flight frenzy started this little chap seemed to be saying "Wait for me! Wait for me!"

When the flight frenzy started this little chap seemed to be saying “Wait for me! Wait for me!”

The Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) in flight #2

The Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) in flight #2

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Lily with a Drop of Water

This Arum Lily is growing in the Botanic Gardens at Colac a short distance from where I live.

There had been early morning rain, and the sky was still overcast when I walked through the gardens. Experience has taught me that these conditions are excellent for flower photography.

Arum Lily - with a drop of water.

Arum Lily – with a drop of water.

Australian King Parrot

The Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) is an occasional visitor to my garden. It is a long-tailed parrot and is a very distinctive bird of about 42 centimetres in size.

The male’s head and underparts are a brilliant scarlet while the back is green. The rump is blue and the tail a black-blue. There are green crescents on the abdomen and under tail coverts. The inner wing has light has light green coverts.

Male Australian King Parrot

Male Australian King Parrot

Australian King Parrot

Male Australian King Parrot #2

Australian King Parrot

Male Australian King Parrot at feeder

The female and immature juvenile birds are very similar to the male except the head and neck are light green; there is usually no light shoulder stripe.

Female Australian King Parrot - Immature juvenile will look similar

Female Australian King Parrot – Immature juvenile will look similar

These birds habit moist tall forests and the adjoining farmland. They will visit orchards, (they are known for raiding fruit trees) gardens and parks during winter and autumn.

For reference I consult the Simpson & Day Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. I have the fifth edition, however I believe there is now a sixth edition.

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