Thursday, October 27, 2016

Ospreys at Whitfords

Male osprey brings in a fish
I'm monitoring the osprey nest at Whitfords Nodes Beach Park near Hillarys in Perth. The nest is on top of the mobile phone tower there.

Last Sunday the male osprey flew up to the tower with a fish in his talons, and later brought the fish up to the female at the nest. The female then proceeded to feed one juvenile, which you can see in this photo. The juvenile is on the left, female in the middle and male osprey on the right, watching the proceedings.

Three ospreys at the nest, juvenile on the left
This juvenile is already quite advanced in growth and there may be more than one juvenile. It's quite hard to get a good photo with all the mobile tower contraptions obscuring the view.

Another shot of the osprey wrestling with a fish.

osprey with fish

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Reed warblers at Lake Monger

Australian Reed Warbler
There are plenty of reed-warblers calling loudly at Lake Monger at this time of year, but getting a photograph is another matter. They move very quickly in and out of the reeds, so you just have to keep snapping and hope for the best. This turned out better than I expected but I had several photos of just reeds!

Reed warblers are found on most Perth lakes.

This photo was taken today on a BirdLife WA excursion at Lake Monger from the bird viewing platform at the north side of the lake.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Butcherbirds in the bird bath

We frequently see and hear a couple of Grey butcherbirds around the neighbourhood.

They come and go over the seasons and often sit on the fence and entertain us with their beautiful caroling. Very occasionally in summer they come into the bird baths.

This photo was taken a few summers ago.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Masked lapwings at Yanchep National Park

The Masked lapwing is not common around where I live in Perth, although I have seen them on the golf course at Rottnest Island some years ago. 

At Yanchep National Park in May this year there were a couple wandering around on the lawns beside the lake. They seem partial to open lawn areas and are quite used to being photographed!

The masked lapwing is sometimes referred to as the spur winged plover because of the yellow spur on its "elbow".

Friday, September 23, 2016

Join the Aussie Backyard Bird Count

It's on again. Join the Aussie Backyard Bird Count for one week from 17 to 23 October. It takes just 20 minutes a day. Register here

Last year my most common bird in the Perth Karrinyup region was the introduced Rainbow lorrikeet .
Check the 2015 Aussie Backyard Bird Count results.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tawny frogmouth at Star Swamp in Perth

No wonder we find it hard to spot these guys. As I said in my previous post on Tawnies they are masters of disguise. This one was pointed out to me on a BirdLife Western Australia walk through Star swamp today. I took several photos and this is probably the best. Shame he didn't have an eye open, but you can't have everything.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Bookbook on campus

The Southern bookbook owl (also known as the Mopoke owl) is reasonably common around Perth and you are most likely to hear and see them in spring.

One sure indication that an owl is around can be the commotion made by other birds in the vicinity, registering their protests at the perceived intruder.

A few years ago I was walking around Karrinyup when I heard vigorous squawking coming from a gang of Wattlebirds in a tree. I looked up and there were three baby Bookbook owls sitting quietly in a row on a branch of a gum tree, trying to ignore the Wattlebirds. They were being "creched" there by the parent owls. When baby owls have fledged, but not yet able to feed themselves, the adult owls leave them in a "creche" during the day, while they go off to find food. This group of three were in the creche when they were discovered by the Wattlebirds.

This Bookbook owl below was photographed a few years ago on Mount Lawley Campus of Edith Cowan University.