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Golden Whistler

I was on the phone to my lovely sister when this rocked up. So I got the camera.. but unfortunately for Kim it wasn’t the greatest conversation as I have this habit of holding my breath when taking photos. They are however, a huge favourite, as I’ve commented on previously. Of course this was yesterday when there was some blue in the sky and one could wander about without getting saturated… but having just said that the rain has stopped.

Golden Whistler 

This, of course, is the male of the species. The female isn’t so golden so I don’t notice them as equally.

… but speaking of female Whistlers, here’s a shot I featured in an old post all about the Grey Fantail. I never did correct myself after Teresa had informed me of the mistake, so now I shall. Unless the a female Whistler is close to its male, I am often slow to realise what they are.

Female Rufous Whistler

But now that I look at this bird, it’s clearly not a Grey Fantail.

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The Bronzewing pigeon

.. found on the same spot on a powerline near my joint most mornings… until I come along photoprahing it. I don’t always do this as on past occasions I have felt a little guilt for disturbing this cautious bird. It’s just that I really want to capture the bright and iridescent colours that I’ve seen on it’s wings, flashing as it moves in the sunlight.

The Bronze-winged pigeon is so very shy. I had only seen one briefly once before moving to the Aldinga Scrub. I have previously heard their calls and thought..’OOoo Tawny Frogmouth’ but it’s a little different. The Bronzewing goes like this.. “Whoo whoo….’ and so on.. but it’s not the ‘Whoo!’ you make when you knock off work on a Friday, it’s a somewhat sorrowful sound I think and I have developed a soft spot for this bird. However, it’s call is sometimes written as being an ‘oom oom’ as is a Tawny Frogmouth call… so really I’m not actually sure if I’m hearing ‘whoo’ or ‘oom’ so I might see if I can find it now.

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Christmas in the Scrub

Grey Fantail

So it’s been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of kicking back and checking out what’s happening in the yard. There’s always Grey Fantails flittering about but I didn’t see that they had this going on until sitting down for our prawn cocktails…. 3 chicks.

Grey Fantail chicks

Bottom left appears to be the runt. Top chick.. reminds me of some muppet I can’t remember the name of.

Grey Fantail chicks.. one’s nearly ready to get going

The Runt

Boxing Day… and 2 have taken off and are hidden in the branches of a tree while the folks continually deliver food. They are flying about a little… but this one is struggling. Since Christmas, I have seen them swiftly getting around now, hidden in the depths of trees and fed by the adults.

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So the other morning I bent down to pick up, what I thought was, a broken shoe lace (on the floor near my bed). As I picked it up I thought,’when did I snap a shoe lace’ and ‘this doesn’t feel like a shoe lace.’ So it was this reptile of some description.

I did a bit of googling, and spoke to John and Carolyn at the native plant stall at the farmers markets… I had wondered if it could be a legless lizard and apparently there are some in the scrub but they are rare or unnoticed. I can’t see any ears though.

So if anyone can help identify this one, or know someone who possibly could please let me know. I’m not quite sure if it’s completely dead as it feels soft and it’s not so pliable when I move it. However, it’s going nowhere as this was 4 days ago and it hasn’t left my outdoor table.

.. oh and it’s about 80cm long

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Tawny Frogmouth UPDATE

Firstly there’s good news and there’s bad news..

Tawny Frogmouth Pair

They’re back. Simon, during the day, noticed the chick was still in my back yard and the parents had just returned to watch over it.

Urimbirra chick (I should have really got her name) and Tawny Frogmouth chick

The bad news.. the chick has a broken leg and will not be staying with the folks. It was a clean break and therefore easy to fix. She thought it would be 2-3 months old and be able to fly but not far or long as it’s feathers aren’t fully developed.

At this stage though the adults started to call ): ‘ooom ooom’

watching its chick go..

This adult turned and watched the car leave up the road and it broke my heart.

The good news.. the chick should recover at Urimbirra, a wildlife sanctuary just out of Victor Harbor, with its sibling (who is doing well and can eat a chicken) The rescuer said that Tawny Frogmouths build shocking nests and that would explain why we had 2 chicks on the ground. It’s a good thing Simon had noticed all this happening… and a good thing I was on the early shift today and got to see how this all panned out.

and now I’m watching them through my window. It’s pretty amazing…. but pretty sad and I’m not sure whether to expect to see them in the morning… so I shall sneak out and watch them some more and take more photos.. of course.

So when I went out a second time one had left this branch. I could hear it calling but I just wanted to leave it (I say ‘it’ as I don’t know which is which) alone. I usually find their calls to be a very comforting sound but not so much this time as I know why they are calling.

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Tawny Frogmouth

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Backyard Action

well I keep missing the actual action but my neighbour, Simon, has been filling me in. Yesterday morning I came back to my house with my folks after a trip to the local markets. Simon said that he had found a chick fallen at the front of his house and it was lying out in the sun. He took it to the vet and is waiting to hear if they will try to introduce it back to it’s parent (featured above) or it will go to a wildlife sanctuary. They said at this stage a chick should be able to fly within 3 days.

So wonderfully camouflaged. It’s head was tilted upwards when we were about but as the excitement died down and we retreated it would relax and look about.

So.. this morning I get back to my house again and looked up in this branch and there was nothing… but in the backyard was this on a chair…

Tawny Frogmouth chick

I didn’t quite get what was going on and I could hear my neighbour was having a jam. Not long later he called out and informed me that he had found this other fallen chick. He picked it up with a towel and gave it this seat and pointed out the adult perched on a branch above…

I was wondering why it would be on its own as they usually stick together in family groups…. and as I was wacking this post together I see Simon out the front pointing out this..

.. back with it’s mate.

Simon has put shade over the chair the chick is sitting on and the folks are 4 or so meters away. We don’t know if there is anything else we should be doing such as food…water? but don’t want to give it any further stress…?  Any advice would be appreciated.


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