Baby Plovers

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Baby Plover on the road

Baby Plover on the road

I couldn’t believe my eyes, there on the road in front of me as I was driving, was a tiny baby plover. There was a plover nest in the middle of a vacant block and the plovers had spent time chasing away anything that even walked near the block. Now here was the bay all alone in the street.

I stopped and got the camera out

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To my amazement, there were 3 more babies, then an adult bird came and sort of looked at the babies scrambling all over the road.

A car came and carefully drove onto the footpath and away. The baby birds were all over the road..so much for the parents looking after them. Finally they got across the road and I continued on my merry way

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masked_lapwing

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The masked lapwing (Vanellus miles), also known as the masked plover and often called the spur-winged plover or just plover in its native range, is a large, common and conspicuous bird native to Australia, particularly the northern and eastern parts of the continent, New Zealand and New Guinea. It spends most of its time on the ground searching for food such as insects and worms

Breeding usually happens after winter solstice (June 21), but sometimes before. The nesting pair defends their territory against all intruders by calling loudly, spreading their wings, and then swooping fast and low, and where necessary striking at interlopers with their feet and attacking animals on the ground with a conspicuous yellow spur on the carpal joint of the wing.

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Pied Butcher Bird

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The Pied Butcherbird is a medium-sized black and white bird. It has a full black hood, dark brown eye and long, hooked, grey and black bill. It has a broad white collar that goes all around its neck and a black bib (throat area). The rest of the underparts are white and the legs are black. The upper parts are mostly black, with large patches of white on the wings and rump. In flight, the white corners of the otherwise black tail are easily seen. Both sexes have identical plumage, but the male is slightly larger than the female. Young Pied Butcherbirds are generally duller than the adults are. The areas of black are replaced with brown and white areas are washed with buff. The birds also have an ill-defined bib, which becomes more distinct with age.

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These birds were seeking scraps  McDonalds in Cleveland.

They were friendly and quite happy to perch on the chairs and table

Pied Butcher Bird

All butcherbirds are aggressive feeders. Pied Butcherbirds prey on small reptiles, mammals, frogs and birds, as well as large insects. Most food is caught on the ground. The birds sit on an exposed perch and swoop down on their prey. Hunting groups may consist of several birds from a large group, which may comprise three or four adults and several young birds, but birds may also hunt alone or in pairs.

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Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

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White Cockatoo

White Cockatoo

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo  is one of the most easily recognized birds in Australia.

With its strident call and brilliant white feathers, it is a common sight throughout open timbered country in the eastern and northern parts of the country

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There have been flocks of them on Russell Island recently. They peck off the Grevilleas flowers and seek grass seeds along the ground.

The scientific name Cacatua galerita means ‘capped cockatoo’. Kakatua is the Indonesian word for a cockatoo, and the species name derives from the Latin galer meaning cap, referring to the bright yellow crest. Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are members of the Psittacidae family of birds, or the ‘true’ parrots. All have stocky bodies, medium-sized wings, strong, hooked beaks, and feet with two forward-facing and two backwards-facing toes

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Among the largest of our parrots, they can reach half a metre in length (18 inches) They have strong powerful wings.IMG_5110

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Like all parrots, the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo has a powerful beak; the beak is black, but appears grey because of the powdering of white dust used for grooming its feathers. A bird with a shiny black beak is generally unhealthy, possibly a victim of psittacine beak and feather virus. The feet are also dark grey with black claws. As in all parrots, there are two forward-facing toes, and two rear-facing toes.

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Males and females look alike; only up close and in strong light can it be noticed that the eye of the female has a lighter, reddish-coloured iris. Males have very dark brown irises. From a distance, eyes of all birds look black. Males have slightly larger heads, and stand taller than females, but the birds have to be seen in pairs for this difference to be noticeable.

http://billabongsanctuary.com.au/native-animals/birds/sulphur-crested-cockatoo/

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Black crow

""   The Torresian crow (Corvus orru) is a native Australian bird and is protected under State Wildlife Legislation (Nature Conservation Act 1992).

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There have been crows on Russell island this week..around the jetty after the dead fish on the shore. They were on the trees in the lby the jetty

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      • the bill and feet are black
      • the ring around the iris of the eye changes colour with age:
        • blue for nestlings
        • brown between three and six months of age
        • mottled hazel from six to nine months of age
        • white for adult birds over two years of age
      • they feed mainly on the ground
      • they hop-walk when preparing to take flight
      • solid black plumage with a green or purple shine and white underdown
      • Black Torresian Crow

        Black Torresian Crow

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      • They were also in Cleveland looking for scraps at McDonalds.
      • They are actually very timid….unlike the butcher birds who are very friendly..

http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/environment-waste/natural-environment/protecting-wildlife-brisbane/living-wildlife/torresian-crow

    • the bill and feet are black
    • the ring around the iris of the eye changes colour with age:
      • blue for nestlings
      • brown between three and six months of age
      • mottled hazel from six to nine months of age
      • white for adult birds over two years of age
    • they feed mainly on the ground
    • they hop-walk when preparing to take flight
    • solid black plumage with a green or purple shine and white underdown

Little Pied Cormorant

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The Australian pied cormorant    Phalacrocorax varius, also known as the pied cormorant or pied shag, is a medium-sized member of the cormorant family. It is found around the coasts of Australasia

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He was swimming in the water at Russell Island Jetty..he dived down and came up with a fish that he swallowed..

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Cormorant with fish

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