Birdpalooza #2: Around the feeder

Crashing the party

Crashing the party

Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)

Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)

Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)

Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)

White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

Australian Wood Duck, Maned Duck or Maned Goose (Chenonetta jubata)

Australian Wood Duck, Maned Duck or Maned Goose (Chenonetta jubata)

The Aussie Wood Duck is not a favourite in this household; the local flock always come over to swim in the pool. Unfortunately they do a lot more than just swim in the pool, and who wants to paddle in duck shit?

In the next few shots we see a White-headed pigeon flying in for a feed.

White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

A Rainbow Lorikeet flies in to spoil the pigeon party:

A Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) crashes the pigeon party

A Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) crashes the pigeon party

A Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) crashes the pigeon party

A Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) crashes the pigeon party

A complete rout.

A complete rout.

White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela)

Slender-billed Cuckoo Dove (Macropygia phasianella)

Slender-billed Cuckoo Dove (Macropygia phasianella)

Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)

Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)

This is Henny Penny the Guineafowl. We don’t know its gender, so we’re making an assumption that it’s a she.

Henny Penny and her partner showed up at the house more than six years ago and a mutual adoption took place: they co-existed happily with the resident people and  dogs for many years, and then one day Henny Penny’s partner disappeared without trace. Illness, fox or something else? We don’t know.

Nowadays Henny Penny hangs out with the brush turkeys that visit from time to time, and Bruno and Dexter are quite happy to let her do her own thing.

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One of Henny Penny’s “things” is a propensity to chase cars and make an incredible racket while doing so. She’s truly an eccentric creature.

Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)

Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)

Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)

Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)

The kookaburras, magpies and butcherbirds didn’t show up today. My friend says they haven’t been around much.


Date: 10 November 2013
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens 1: Pentax smc DA L 55-300 mm f/4-5.8 ED
Ambient light only.
Conditions: Overcast with periods of rain.
Hand-held only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.

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