I’ve seen an immature Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus) in the same spot in Waverton several times now— sometimes by itself and sometimes with another older bird. Compared with an adult bird, it looks a little scruffy:
Last year I posted about a brangle between a Little Wattlebird and a Blue-faced Honeyeater in Noosa. This was one image, now differently cropped to show the object of the conflict – a banksia flower, half-hidden in foliage.
To a casual observer – though clearly not to the two birds - the attraction of a banksia is not so obvious. Many banksia trees have ugly gnarled shapes, and rugged irregular bark, like this one:
Three months ago I posted about a Brush Turkey nest in the grounds of the Australian Catholic University. Several hens had visited the resident male, and at the time I photographed this one as she was digging an egg hollow while the male watched:
Since then, the male turkey has continued to tend his nest every day. It’s grown a little, obscuring the stone visible in the upper RH quadrant of the previous photo. This photo was taken yesterday:
On Friday morning I took a walk into Badangi Reserve in Waverton. The walk started well (photographically speaking!) when I spotted an Eastern Water Dragon (Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii) sunbaking just outside the reserve:
There’s only one rosebush in our garden, a climber with small white flowers that came with the house. The blossoms have a delicate pink blush on their inner petals, although this gradually fades as the flowers age. However, it’s still visible in this fully opened rose:
In my earlier post on these bees I said how I hoped to get photos of the inside of a beehive in October, the month when Elke Haege, a Stingless Bee expert, resumes opening them up. Last Thursday I was lucky enough to see Elke service a hive at a home in Hurlstone Park.
The hive box was in a good position for getting sunshine until mid-morning. The box in this picture is actually the temporary placeholder, put there while Elke serviced the actual hive. You can just see some bees milling about in the sunlight above and behind the temporary box:
The Australian Magpie is a complicated bird. It’s also one of the most familiar, with many households receiving regular magpie visitors. This adult bird on the NSW Central Coast is waiting for a handout:
We recently spent a couple of days in Mudgee, staying in a big share-house on 9 acres (3.6 hectares) of land on the banks of the Cudgegong River. Much of the land was mown grass with flower and vegetable beds, but on the river bank there were some big old trees, including a couple of 200-year old eucalypts. As you’d expect, there were quite a few birds around, including ones I don’t often see in Sydney.
These Straw-necked Ibis are cousins to Sydney’s well-known “bin chickens” (white ibis):
Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus funereus) are seldom seen around North Sydney, but they’re common in the coastal suburbs where their food-trees abound. Last week I first heard— and then saw—a small flock near Malabar headland.
This was the first bird I saw:
I saw a pair of Crimson Rosellas (Platycercus elegans) last weekend at Hill Top, 115 kms SW of Sydney. I’ve not seen any around North Sydney for quite a few years so I was very pleased to see them.
The pair had flown down to the ground to forage in a shady patch: