The Superb Fairy-wren. He’s not as well-known as the kookaburra or the emu, but he’s very well liked. In a recent survey of 8000 bird lovers, he was the favourite. I say ‘he’, because this is a male.
Mevrouw T and I have signed on for a wildlife cruise around the Scottish island of Mull, once the weather improves in May. Puffins, otters, eagles, maybe peregrine falcons and dolphins too.
It sounds excellent, so I’ve decided to use it as an excuse to practise my wildlife photography. Armed with yet another new longish camera lens (Canon 70-300mm this time) I set off around Sydney’s Cooks River, just a couple of kms south of Casa Tulloch, to shoot the wildlife there.
I mustn’t let familiarity breed contempt – these shots are all of very common birds in Sydney, but no less interesting for that.
White-faced heron. From his fluffy feathers and lack of a white stripe through his eye, I’m guessing this is a young one.
The Noisy Mynah is one of the most common birds in our area. He’s a native, cheeky and energetic, punching above his weight. The avian equivalent of a Jack Russell.
White Ibis; ugly, smelly and spreaders and eaters of garbage. Yet they can almost look noble.
Crested pigeons are also indigenous, smaller and more gentle than the introduced feral pigeons. If these two lovebirds are anything to go by, new crested pigeons will soon be on the way.
Superb Fairy-wren again. Another young one, I think, without full blue breeding plumage.