I rarely see a Scarlet Robin around here, so I was stoked to see a few at Rocklands Reservoir. They were hard to photograph. Fortunately, this one decided to keep still.

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The Scarlet Robin frequents southern Australia and Norfolk Island, but they can also be seen in other parts of the south-western Pacific – from Bougainville and the Solomon Islands to Vanuatu, Fiji and Western Samoa. We see them most during winter as they favour open farmland and urban areas that time of the year. The female is less showy. We usually call them Robin Red Breasts, and I see they are far brighter than their counterparts in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Petroica boodang: Scarlet Robin

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I’d never seen so many cormorants in one place before. Earlier, before these photos were taken with the Nikon D3000, the water fairly boiled with the ducking and diving going on as the Great Cormorants fished. The number of birds dwindled as the sun rose, and they didn’t particularly like me close.

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I found a site – Do you know your cormorants? for identification, since I’ve grown up calling all types the generic ‘shag’. Waterbirds didn’t feature in my youthful bird-watching days – apart from the ones which visited farm dams.

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The Great Cormorant is all black with a yellow patch on its face. Apparently, during breeding season, the yellow is bordered by white, and a white patch appears on the flanks

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Range: North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Australia.

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Phalacrocorax carbo: Great Cormorants

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I had trouble getting perfect pictures of the occasional male Golden Whistler popping by our camp.  Because these birds usually kept moving while foraging, I often took the shot too early – before the camera could auto focus.

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This next bird is an immature Golden Whistler. You can see spots of yellow on the body, and black on the throat band.  This one was more accommodating.

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I never see these birds at home. And I can’t tell you what they sound like as I’m too deaf to hear them. Next trip I’m going to wear my cheap Chinese imported hearing aids as I’m really missing bird song.

I suppose I could have doctored this final photo with a bit of light enhancement on its eye, but that would be cheating! What you see on my blog is what I get – apart from sharpening and cropping and reducing pixels.

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Golden Whistler

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