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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The Little Corella, Having a Drink.

The little corella (Cacatua sanguinea), also known as the bare-eyed cockatoo, blood-stained cockatoo, short-billed corella, little cockatoo and blue-eyed cockatoo, is a white cockatoo native to Australia and southern New Guinea.[2] It was known as Birdirra among the Yindjibarndi people of the central and western Pilbara. They would keep them as pets, or traditionally cook and eat them. The downy DSCN0153DSCN0154feathers are used in traditional ceremonies and dances where they adorn head and armbands.

The can be very chatty (noisy) and gather in large groups ( hundreds at a time) they can also be quite the fool, hanging up side down from tree branches, squawking and flapping their wings. They really are one of Australia’s fun loving birds.

The Crested Pigeon

Crested pigeon
The crested pigeon is a bird found widely throughout mainland Australia except for the far northern tropical areas. It is the only member of the genus Ocyphaps. There are only two Australian pigeon species that possess an erect crest, being the crested pigeon and the spinifex pigeon. The crested pigeon is the larger of the two species. The crested pigeon is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a topknot pigeon, however the topknot pigeon, or Lopholaimus antarcticus is a different species altogether, and has a red-brown crest that does not stand erect

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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.