Saturday, August 23, 2008

Waterfowl & land birds of Brisbane Water

(Walkies gleanings)

Henderson Road Saratoga

Shag on a rock on a hot day. Just near the Veterans Hall ferry stop at Henderson Road Saratoga.

All these walkies I do make me notice stuff I never noticed before. Stuff like the flowers and trees and birds. I don't know a lot of the names of them but I like to see them living along side us humans, floating on the water between the ferries, wandering about on the foreshores, harassing tourists for chips, that sort of thing.

Correa Bay Reserve Woy Woy Bay Road Woy Woy South

Waiting for fish heads at Correa Bay Reserve Woy Woy Bay Road Woy Woy South.

Ducks at Empire Bay

The bog standard breed of ducks, hoping for free food at Empire Bay. Someone got on the ferry with hot chips and the ducks soon clustered round. Buggered if I know why because if you chuck them a chip they won't eat it.

Brick Wharf Road Woy Woy

Pelican soliciting for chips at the fish and chip shop on Brick Wharf Road.

(In the background is an interesting 1950s block of units called "Caprice" in red brick with a pattern of dots on it formed with white bricks. The block was demolished last year, possibly earlier.)

Kookaburra at Gosford

Still can't believe how close I got to this kookaburra. They're normally very timid. This one seemed to be waiting for the local office workers to deliver its lunch.

Kookaburras are seen at all times of day up on the hills and ridges, but here on the flat of Woy woy they come in groups at dusk and laugh in gum trees.

Brush turkeys in the trees

Brush turkeys. They look like such ungainly buggers but they climb these trees quite easily, slowly placing one scaly foot ahead of the other on the gently sloping branches.

Rainbow lorikeet in bottlebrush Woy Woy

Rainbow lorikeet in bottlebrush, Woy Woy. Lorikeets are rather shy birds but as noisy as buggery in groups. At dawn they cluster excitedly in flowering trees, squabbling over the best blooms and waking up the neighbours.

Pink & grey galahs

Pink & grey galahs feeding in a jacaranda in someone's back yard in Umina.

Sulphur-crested cockatoo etc at Taylor Street Woy Woy Bay

Sulphur-crested cockatoo (white bird). Haven't yet got a decent photo of one of these. They move too quick and perch up high in tall trees.

The other birds are a couple of plump owls of some sort, a rainbow lorikeet hanging upside down to feed and there's a nervous-looking tree possum down the bottom.The black birds flying at the sides are black cockatoos, a seldom-sighted bird.


It's all over the internet that Colin's been put down (euthanased). Poor little bugger lost his mum last week and was found nuzzling a yacht in Pittwater, just across the water from here. A post-mortem revealed Colin was actually Colette and her mum's body may have been found washed up on a beach down south. Wildlife officers had to put the poor thing down as she was getting weaker and weaker and they couldn't feed her.

From the Herald:
"A female humpback whale abandoning her three-week-old calf? Not likely.

Experts say a baby whale alone in Sydney's Pittwater was probably separated from its mother by force. ...

The baby humpback, believed to be about two or three weeks old, was first spotted on Sunday, nuzzling up to a yacht in an apparent search for its mother.

Authorities have suggested that the calf, nicknamed Colin, may have a biological problem, which led its mother to abandon it.

Experts have disagreed, saying a humpback female is very unlikely to abandon her calf, and would nurture it if it was sick.

Wally Franklin, Hervey Bay-based marine biologist with research group the Oceania Project, says ships in the waters off Sydney could be to blame, because they can break up sonic communication lines between whales." (Humans could be to blame for stranded calf)

Sydney Morning Herald

The truth about mozzies

I posted a map and some stuff about the paperbark forest last month, the wee jewel officially known as the Everglades Lagoon Wetland, nestled amongst the paperbarks next to the local golf club.

The crowd that looks after the wetland is having walkies there next month, combined with talkies.

From their flyer:
"Everglades Wetland... Walk & Talk
Saturday 27th September, 2008
RSVP by 24th on (02) 43494756

Nose to the grindstone

Spoke too soon about getting some time off. Got an unexpected job dropped into my lap. Some ghost-blogging. The writing sort not the woo woo sort.

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Spike said...

Buggeration! I already did this post in February. My brain needs a holiday.

botanybird said...

that shag on the rock is spectacular! thanks for sharing.

Suzanne44 said...

That first photo - unbelievable - how the hell did you do that? Incredible pic.

Inexplicable DeVice said...

I was going to make some lewd comment about a shag on a rock, but a measure of decorum has kicked in.
I love those pictures - The shag and the pelican look so perfect. They can be such scruffy-looking birds sometimes, but those two are fantastic specimens.

It's such a shame about Colin/Colette and her mum.

Ron Bloomquist said...

Great variety of birds you got.

Currently I am up to my neck in house sparrows!

Spike said...

Botany bird, thank yer kindly.

Great nick by the way.

Suzanne, thank yer kindly. I was quick on the draw but so quick I startled the shag. It twitched slightly but it didn't want to stir from the lovely warm sun.

Kick it back out, dear, for all our sakes!

We are having a much better class of pelican turn up at the fish and chips these days.

The more I look at that shag photo the prouder I am. It looks like one of those bronzes off the Antiques Roadshow.

Ron, we're very lucky. All the bush and water around makes for a feast of birds and beasts.

BTW, the sparrows thing is an entertaining mental image.

Spike said...

The background of the pelican photo is not my only image of Caprice as thought. Found this.

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