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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Buff-banded Rail portrait

Again this Friday I could spot a Rail and was lucky enough to have it stop and look at me for a second in the middle of a nicely lit spot and beautiful surroundings...
Buff-banded Rail, NSW
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Beautiful White Cockie

The red fruit this cockie was eating added beautiful colorful accent to the images...
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, NSW
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Juv. Ibis

More in-focus sharp and detailed images of a young Ibis.
Australian White Ibis, NSW
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Friday, March 25, 2011

Grey-headed Flying Foxes XXX

This is another interesting behavioral sequence. I'd rather not comment on the specific actions as it's extremely easy to slip into tasteless remarks. It really amazes me how Attenborough always finds the right balance when he talks about sex.
Grey-headed Flying Foxes, NSW
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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Baby Rainbow Lorikeets

But, of course, from a photographer's point of view the most rewarding sequences were the beautiful images of cute Rainbow Lorikeet fledglings that I managed to take. I often hear the typical squeaky call of young Lorikeets, but this was the first time I saw baby parrots just out of the 'nest'.
For ten seconds the parent assessed the risk, decided there was none and then went on to feeding the youngster.
The scene was heart-warming, light was just right, sky was cloudy and the setting was beautiful.
There were two fledglings that could jump into the branches and climb up the tree trunk using their feet and beaks. The next images show how funny and cute they looked with their non-existent wings and tails.
Good luck, little parrots! Hope your primaries grow fast!!!
Rainbow Lorikeet youngsters, NSW
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Ibis youngsters

Another highlight of the day were the young Ibis chicks all at different stages of development. I like to see them with their (still clean) white feathers, fluffy heads and shorter beaks. They really look like cuter more innocent versions of their parents.
Some were practicing flight, doing funny aerobatic tricks in the air, others were begging their parents for food.
Young Australian White Ibis, NSW
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Buff-banded Rails made my day

I've been trying to spot Buff-banded Rails in Sydney Botanic Gardens for years. Even though they are considered common and 'least concern' they seem to be quite elusive and well-camouflaged. Yesterday I spent a few hours in the gardens and was lucky to finally manage to take several decent photos. A couple of Rails walked about foraging in the undergrowth and decided to pay very little attention to the man with the camera who was trying to hide behind a bush...
Buff-banded Rail, NSW
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