Great Egret…

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http://australianmuseum.net.au/Great-Egret

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When the tide goes out, the spoonbills  and egrets walk on the mud seeking food.

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This bird is one of two Australian spoonbills. The Royal Spoonbill has a large black spoon-shaped bill that it moves side to side through mud to fund food. As the name suggests, the Yellow-billed Spoonbill has a yellow bill and a sharp black line around the-face. When breeding, Royal Spoonbills have long plumage on their crown and upper nape.

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http://www.uq.edu.au/gatton/royal-spoonbill

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http://www.uq.edu.au/gatton/great-egret

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Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulphur-crested_Cockatoo

There are four recognised subspecies;

  1. Tritons Cockatoo, C. g. triton (Temminck, 1849) is found in New Guinea and the surrounding islands,
  2. Eleonora Cockatoo, C. g. elenora (Finsch, 1867) is restricted to the Aru Islands between Australia and New Guinea,
  3. Mathews Cockatoo, C. g. fitzroyi (Mathews, 1912) in northern Australia from West Australia to the Gulf of Carpentaria
  4. and the nominate subspecies, the Greater Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, C. g. galerita which is found from Cape York to Tasmania

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The cockatoos found the Macadamia Nut tree and came in a horde to eat the nuts which they crack with their beaks while holding them in their claws using them like hands.

It has a total length of 44–55 cm (17–22 in), with the Australian subspecies larger than subspecies from New Guinea and nearby islands. The plumage is overall white, while the underwing and -tail are tinged yellow. The expressive crest is yellow. The bill is black, the legs are grey, and the eye-ring is whitish. Males typically have almost black eyes, whereas the females have a more red or brown eye, but this require optimum viewing conditions to be seen.

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The watcher Bird sat on the electric wire and kept guard. Species that feed on the ground are very vulnerable to predator attack. The Cockatoo has evolved a behavioral adaptation to protect against this: whenever there is a flock on the ground, there is at least one high up in a tree (usually a dead tree), keeping guard. This is so well known that it has even entered Australian slang: a person keeping guard for sudden police raids on illegal gambling gatherings is referred to as a cockatoo or cocky for short.

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Their distinctive raucous call can be very loud; it is adapted to travel through the forest environments in which they live, including tropical and subtropical rainforests. These birds are naturally curious, as well as very intelligent. They have adapted very well to European settlement in Australia and live in many urban areas.

These birds are very long-lived, and can live upwards of 70 years in captivity,[3][4] although they only live to about 20–40 years in the wild. They have been known to engage in geophagy, the process of eating clay to detoxify their food. These birds produce a very fine powder to waterproof themselves instead of oil as many other creatures do.

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In some parts of Australia, the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo can be very numerous, and may cause damage to cereal and fruit crops, newly planted tree seedling, and soft timber on houses and outdoor furniture. Consequently, they are sometimes shot or poisoned as pests. Government permit is required, as they are a protected species under the Australian Commonwealth Law.

I love feeding birds..and set up a bird table when I arrived here, but the hordes of cockatoos came and sat on the car and started chewing the rubber as well as making a mess in the newly seeded garden,. so my bird table was discarded. They are such strong birds and can be quite destructive. Maybe I will set up a table again in the back garden some day…

http://youtu.be/f3Y1iBc63As

 

 

Great Egret

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egret

An egret /ˈɡrət/ is any of several herons, most of which are white or buff, and several of which develop fine plumes (usually milky white) during the breeding season. Many egrets are members of the genera Egretta or Ardea which also contain other species named as herons rather than egrets. The distinction between a heron and an egret is rather vague, and depends more on appearance than biology. The word “egret” comes from the French word “aigrette” that means both “silver heron” and “brush,” referring to the long filamentous feathers that seem to cascade down an egret’s back during the breeding season.

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Photo…Page by Ingrid Taylar – The Great Egret can have a wingspan of 55 inches and is sometimes confused with a heron.

Magpie Lark…Also known as Mudlark, Murray Magpie, Peewee,

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magpie-lark

The Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) is a conspicuous Australian bird of small to medium size, also known as the Mudlark in Victoria and Western Australia, the Murray Magpie in South Australia, and as the Peewee in New South Wales and Queensland. It had been relegated to a subfamily of fantails in the family Dicruridae (drongos), but has been placed in a new family of Monarchidae (monarch flycatchers) since 2008.[2]

It is a common and very widespread bird both in urban and rural areas, occupying all parts of Australia except for Tasmania and some of the inland desert in the far north-west of Western Australia, and appears to have adapted well to the presence of humans.

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Rainbow Bee Eater

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Bee-eater

Rainbow bee-eaters are brilliantly colored birds that grow to be 19–24 cm (max 28 cm) in length, including the elongated tail feathers. The upper back and wings are green in color, and the lower back and under-tail coverts are bright blue. The undersides of the wings and primary flight feathers are red and tipped with black, and the tail is black to deep violet. The rainbow bee-eater’s two central tail feathers are longer than the other tail feathers, and are longer in the male rainbow bee-eaters than in the females. The crown of the head, the stomach and breast, and the throat are pale yellowish in color, and the rainbow bee-eater has a black bib and a black stripe through its red eye.

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He was sitting right on top of a tree and ignoring us below…

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Rainbow bee-eaters are a common species and can be found during the summer in forested areas in most of southern Australia excluding Tasmania. They migrate north during the winter into northern Australia, New Guinea, and some of the southern islands of Indonesia.

Rainbow bee-eaters mostly eat flying insects, but, as their name implies, they have a real taste for bees. Rainbow bee-eaters are always watching for flying insects, and can spot a potential meal up to 45 metres away. Once it spots an insect a bee-eater will swoop down from its perch and catch it in its long, slender, black bill and fly back to its perch. Bee-eaters will then knock their prey against their perch to subdue it. Even though rainbow bee-eaters are actually immune to the stings of bees and wasps, upon capturing a bee they will rub the insect’s stinger against their perch to remove it, closing their eyes to avoid being squirted with poison from the ruptured poison sac. Bee-eaters can eat several hundred bees a day, so they are obviously resented by beekeepers, but their damage is generally balanced by their role in keeping pest insects such as locusts and hornets under control.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Bee-eater