The Australian white Ibis

This particular Ibis has been visiting my mothers garden (& neighbours) virtually every day for quite some months now & it is rather lovely to see.DSCN0469DSCN0479DSCN0478DSCN0476

The Australian white ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) is a long–legged bird of about 60 to 75 centimetres in height. It’s mostly white, with delicate black tail feathers and it has a black, bald head with a very long downward curved beak.
When they fly in a group, they often make a long V shape, a beautiful sight to see soaring across an open sky.
Up close, the ibis’ wing span measures over a metre wide, so they’re quite impressive—though gusts of air moving off their wings do carry an odour. It’s a dusty, musky, musty sort of feathery smell quite unique to the species.
During the mating season, the normally rosy pink flesh under the wing turns a bright crimson red, and this colour can be repeated in the skin pigmentation at the back of the head.

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Beautiful Birds

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Female Alexandrine Parakeet

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Male Alexandrine Parakeet

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Kookaburra

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Kingfisher

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Gouldian Finch

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Galah

The Western Rosella & The Twenty Eight.

While out today I managed to spot these two gorgeous native Western Australian Birds. Lucky I had my camera with me.dscn9072dscn9137dscn9073

The Western Rosella (Platycercus Icterotis)

The Western Rosella is the smallest rosella and is usually seen in pairs or small parties. However, it is quiet and easily overlooked. The head neck and under body of males are mostly red, while those of females and juveniles are mottled red. The cheek patch is yellow or cream. The two subspecies may interbreed, with varying colour on the back. The flight is light and fluttery and less undulating than in other rosella species. This species is also known as the Yellow-cheeked or Stanley Rosella. Western Rosellas may damage fruit in orchards and were earlier killed as vermin. They are now protected from destruction, except with a special licence. They are possibly declining in the wheat belt from loss of woodland.

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Twenty Eight Parrot (Australian Ringneck) (Barnardius Zonarius Psittacidae)

There are several different forms of the Australian Ringneck across its range and each appears slightly different, but they all have one feature in common — a yellow collar which stretches across the bird’s hind neck. Aside from appearing different from one another, birds of the different populations also sound different, with pronounced regional variation. For example, the subspecies in Western Australia is often referred to as the ‘Twenty-eight Parrot’ because its contact call is usually rendered as twenty-eight, with the call (and the name) is unknown in other parts of Australia.

Birds

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Young Little Pied Cormorant

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Southern Giant Petrel

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I want that catch

Whilst holidaying in Busselton (Western Australia) recently I was lucky enough to photograph a couple of the wonderful seabirds that are frequently spotted around the Busselton Jetty.

Two Australian Birds

The laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) is a carnivorous bird in the kingfisher subfamily Halcyoninae. Native to eastern mainland Australia, it has also been introduced to parts of New Zealand, Tasmania, and Western Australia. Male and female adults are similar in plumage, which is predominantly brown and white.dscn0806dscn0803

The galah /ɡəˈlɑː/ (Eolophus roseicapilla) also known as the rose-breasted cockatoo, galah cockatoo, roseate cockatoo or pink and grey, is one of the most common and widespread cockatoos, and it can be found in open country in almost all parts of mainland Australia.

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Pink & Grey Galahs

DSCN0157DSCN0178DSCN0182DSCN0185DSCN0135These very chatty birds are native to Australia. Lots of people have them as pets & they can learn to talk quite well. This flock were having a feast on grass seeds at a local park that they frequent regularly. A large flock can be very noisy but also very beautiful to watch.