Sometimes, whistling in the female Superb Fairy-wren works!

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She sings to me, or maybe complains.

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She ventures into the cypress tree, right by me.

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The male Superb Fairy-wren finally moved in. He hates my whistling.

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Superb, indeed!

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Wren-whistler

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Just how many honeyeaters can one yard have!

This morning, while I was enticing the fairy-wrens to come closer, this White-naped Honeyeater landed in the lilac to investigate my whistling.

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Honestly, I don’t know if I’ve seen one before.  The other recent birds shown here – the Yellow-faced Honeyeater and the Singing Honeyeater – have similar colouring. From a distance, I might think this a plump White-plumed Honeyeater!

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Reading up, I find it is endemic to the eastern and south-eastern parts of mainland Australian – from near the top of Queensland down to Victoria and around into South Australia, and is partially migratory within its range. Another race lives in south-west Australia.

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Mid-shoot, the sun popped out from behind a cloud.

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Spring is in full swing. The fruit tree blossoms are nearly spent. The bees are back. The elm canopies are greening. My two lilacs are budding, and I’m looking forward to their gorgeous fragrant flowers.  My magnolia has survived many a frost, so I guess I should plant it. Poor thing is still in its little pot.

Thanks for reading and/or looking.

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Melithreptus lunatus: White-naped Honeyeater

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While I lurked down the back lane, this pair perched, drenched from bathing in the nearby creek.

At about 22 cm, the Musk Lorikeet is smaller than the Rainbow Lorikeet you’ve seen on my blog. (I had to go to the bird book for identification.) I know it is the Musk Lorikeet because of the tipped beak. The book said it is an uncommon nomad in woodlands and drier forests in the south-east mainland – mainly west of the Great Dividing Range – and Tasmania.

Not long after they noticed me and flew away, I spotted this pair, too.

Thanks for looking. I hope you have a great weekend planned.

Do have a good one.

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Glossopsitta concinna: Musk Lorikeet

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This medium-sized duck is more like a goose, with its shorter beak. Over the last few days, I’ve been seeing this lone female in our neighbour’s paddock. These ducks prefer to forage on land.

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Their breeding season is just starting. Perhaps her mate is preparing a nesting hole in a nearby tree. I hope so.

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Thanks for looking.

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Chenonetta jubata: Australian Wood Duck

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I’ve been photographing these birds for a couple of years now, and this is the first time I noticed one without the bright yellow breast. Obviously, I have seen the female colouration – I must have! Here is the male…

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He popped into the nesting tunnel and I thought my private session was over, but no, another arrived.

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Thinking it was a juvenile, I looked up The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds when I got home. I discovered that a young bird lacks the black cap and has duller spotting.  Thus, a female…

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She flew down by the nesting tunnel, and called before entering.

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And in she went.

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Thanks for looking. I do hope you had a lovely weekend.

Until next time.

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Female Spotted Pardalote

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I was aiming the Nikon at the pretty male Superb Fairy-wren when a few House Sparrows wanted his spot in the old apple tree.

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The bossy birds did me a favour – the fairy-wren moved closer to my camera.

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Thanks for looking.

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Bird Antics

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