Monday, March 28, 2016

A Spotted Wagtail?

Anyone got some suggestions?

I photographed this Willie Wagtail at Wonthaggi some weeks back and the white spots on the wings are bothering me.

A quick scan of a few field guides produced a nil result. No mention of white spots in the wing. A Google Image scan produced one or two images of WW’s with some smudgy/indistinct wing markings but the relevant web pages made no mention.

These are very distinct and sharp spots!?

Grey Fantails can have white tips to their wing coverts but they appear as thin white lines, not spots.

I guess I just put it down to another aberration in the bird world.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Catchin' Up a Little.

Sometimes life seems to get in the way. Often after a ‘field expedition’ I have great intentions of writing up where I’ve been, what I saw, why it seems important or more usually otherwise, but getting around to doing so often goes onto the back-burner. This entry is an attempt to render that situation – at least a little.

In no particular order …

Above - Button Grass catching some early morning light in Bunyip State Park.
Below - De vogelwachter getting aquainted with an Aussie icon at Mt Worth State Park.

Above - Gum Leaf Katydid at home, (Drouin). The red eye removal tool didn't help!
Below - Scarlet Robin McGlone Rd Drouin, a day after a local said he hadn't seen a Scarlet Robin in town for years.

Above - Heliotrope Moth in the grass at the Langwarrin Flora and Fauna reserve.
Below - Tent Weaving Spider wrapping some prey in a silk coffin, (hard to see in this shot).

Finally, below - A female Superb Fairy-wren eyeing me from her favourite Swordgrass bush.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Bucket List Bird (sort of)

I finally got the chance to very quickly point the camera at, and get some just acceptable shots of a Southern Emu Wren at the Wonthaggi Heathlands today.

These little birds have been avoiding me for some time now. In two or three locations I’ve managed some momentary distant views through the binoculars, or had one dash across my path only a metre or two away then to disappear in the undergrowth. I think the word is frustration.

After spending some time wandering around the tracks at Wonthaggi and being entertained by all and sundry – Little Wattlebirds, White-eared, Yellow-faced and New Holland Honeyeaters, Dusky Woodswallows, Red-browed Finches, Grey Currawongs, etc, a fox and a wallaby…., I turned my head for home and did a ‘cross country’ to return to the ute.

The classic pose of the Southern Emu Wren is atop a piece of heath in some early morning sunshine, (like this one and this one by John Cantwell), but beggars can’t be choosers and today’s views will sate me for a little while.

The Southern Emu Wren is a sweet little clandestine bird and the quest for THAT shot continues.