Monday, July 13, 2009

Hi Fert

Back from a wonderful few weeks in the Northern Territory, visiting my sister and attending a Higher Education Conference, and doing some birding on the side. Our brother joined us for a motorhome tour of the National Parks, and I connected with Flickr friend Maureen whose visit overlapped with mine. I managed good images of sixty-seven new bird species - leaving some for the next trip up to the Top End.

Great to see Thommo and Dusty again. We went to the strip between Hi-Fert and the river which is a favourite walking spot of theirs, as they can chase hares, run free, and swim.

Pulling up I was quick enough to get a good capture of a hobby on the wires. The usual fairywrens, finches, doves, scrub-wrens, fantails, and honeyeaters were there, as well as the gulls, pelican and cormorants on the river.

The early moring light was beautiffully soft after the harsh light of the tropics, though I prefer the morning temperatures of the past weeks.

Bird list:

Superb Fairywren Malurus cyaneus (pictured above)
Red-browed Firetail Neochmia temporalis
White-browed Scrubwren Sericornis frontalis
Yellow Thornbill Acanthiza nana
Willie-wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys
Gray Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa
Brown Honeyeater Lichmera indistincta
Australian Hobby Falco longipennis
Australasian Pipit Anthus novaeseelandiae
Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena
Australasian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen
Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus
Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax varius
Silver Gull Larus novaehollandiae

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