Saturday, 21 January 2017

Yellow-billed Spoonbill

I have been keeping an eye on this Yellow-billed Spoonbill nest over the past few weeks, situated opposite the water trough about half way through the Sale common walking track. Following are some photos of the progress in the nest.

 This 1st photo was taken on the 1st December 2016, looks like the female is sitting on the eggs whilst the male stands guard.
 December the 7th still sitting.

 24th December there are 2 chicks. One parent standing guard.

 24th December different angle to try and see the chicks better.

 30th December 2 chicks have really grown, and two more chicks have hatched, on the right of the nest.

 13th January the nest is now getting crowded, 4 fairly large birds plus 1 parent.

  13th January different angle.

21st January 2 older chicks are out of the nest and the younger ones standing in the nest. 

This photo was taken on my walk back past the nest, one of the parents is back on the nest and the four chicks are all on the nest.
All these photos were taken from about 60 yards so they are not as clear as I would like them to be.
As an aside there are 2 Raptor nests in this same tree, so the spoonbills have done well to survive.

Ross.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

More Orchids

I drove over to Glenmaggie Weir last week to check out a popular spot for orchids and was quit surprised at the variety I found, this was at the corner of the Heyfield Glenmaggie Rd and Tinamba Glenmaggie rd. All were found in a patch of scrub and gravel on the roadside.
Could not find any Small Duck-orchids; but will look further.

 Purple Beard-Orchid

 Red Beard-Orchid
 White Beard-Orchid
 Large Duck-Orchid
Spotted Sun-orchid.

Ross.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Orchids

Had a free day today, so decided to do some birding. First stop off was Nicholson Rocks, north of Newry. Birds were very scarce, mostly small birds high up in the canopy, so no photos. The Orchids were a bit more productive. The first find was a Wax Lip and then a couple of Lady Fingers, Small Duck Orchid, Nodding Greenhood and Maroon Hood.
 Wax Lip Orchid.

 White Lady Fingers.

 Pink Lady Fingers.

 Dainty Wasp-orchid
 Maroon Hood Orchid.

 Nodding Greenhood.

 White Lady Fingers.

We then drove onto the Briagolong Red Gum Forest,to check out the Leopard Orchids, and found an abundance of Yellow Moth Orchids and Leopard Orchids.

 Yellow Moth Orchids.

 Leopard orchids.

Yellow Moth Orchid.

Ross.

Orchids

Had a free day today, so decided to do some birding. First stop off was Nicholson Rocks, north of Newry. Birds were very scarce, mostly small birds high up in the canopy, so no photos. The Orchids were a bit more productive. The first find was a Wax Lip and then a couple of Lady Fingers, Small Duck Orchid, Nodding Greenhood and Maroon Hood.
 Wax Lip Orchid.

 White Lady Fingers.

 Pink Lady Fingers.

 Dainty Wasp-orchid
 Maroon Hood Orchid.

 Nodding Greenhood.

 White Lady Fingers.

We then drove onto the Briagolong Red Gum Forest,to check out the Leopard Orchids, and found an abundance of Yellow Moth Orchids and Leopard Orchids.

 Yellow Moth Orchids.

 Leopard orchids.

Yellow Moth Orchid.

Ross.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Swallow Lagoon Orchids.

Green hoods are prolific at Swallow Lagoon at present, found three different species, and some Small Gnat-orchids just coming through.
 Nodding Greenhood.

 Small Gnat-orchid.


 Small Gnat-orchid.

Maroonhood. 

Ross.

Around Swallow Lagoon.

Today I drove out to Swallow Lagoon. The small birds were quite numerous; but very flighty. It seems mating season has started.
Also the orchids are starting to appear, plenty of green hoods and Small Gnat-orchids are just coming through.
 Kookaburra.

 Jackie Winter.

Eastern Yellow Robin in typical pose.

Ross.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

First Orchid for Season.

Had a look around Swallow Lagoon three weeks ago, the bird life was very scarce, apart from five Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos.
So it was eyes to the ground. Found a scattering of small Mosquito orchids these were in patches around Swallow Lagoon.






Ross.