Lane Cove National Park, 2017: Part 1, Great cormorant

Friday, 20 October 2017
Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo ssp. novaehollandiae)

Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo ssp. novaehollandiae)

The Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo ssp. novaehollandiae) has beautifully marked feathers on its back and wings.

Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo ssp. novaehollandiae) with dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo ssp. novaehollandiae) with dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

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[RBG2017] Part 5: Rainbow lorikeets

Thursday, 19 October 2017
Rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus)

Rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus)

The Rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus) can commonly be seen all along the eastern coast of Australia. It is primarily a nectar and pollen feeder but has been observed to eat seeds and meat. Other species of parrots are also making this dietary change.

Rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus)

Rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus)

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[RBG2017] Part 4: White ibis

Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)

The Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) looks much better when it’s not rummaging in dustbins or rubbish tips — or stealing food from your picnic lunch.

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)

Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)

Then again, I’ve seen trees stained white and even killed by their droppings. Definitely not my favourite bird.

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Little wattlebird

Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Little wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

Little wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

Little wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

Little wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

The Little wattlebird is Australia’s smallest wattlebird.

Little wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

Little wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

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Magpie-Lark, a.k.a. peewee

Monday, 16 October 2017
A Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) fledgeling watches as its parent comes in to land

A Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) fledgeling watches as its parent comes in to land

Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) fledgeling watches as its parent comes in to land

Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) fledgeling watches as its parent comes in to land

This little family of Magpie-larks (Grallina cyanoleuca, a.k.a. peewee, peewit or mudlark) enjoyed hanging around in the trees direct;ly opposite the holiday unit. The female parent didn’t get a photo-op on this day, probably because she was out hunting.

Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca), a.k.a peewee, peewit, mudlark

Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) adult and fledgeling

Magpie-larks are sexually dimorphic — adult males have a black throat and females white.

Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca), a.k.a peewee, peewit, mudlark

Male Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)

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[RBG2017] Part 3: Masked lapwing

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Masked lapwing, a.k.a. Masked plover (Vanellus miles)

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[RBG2017] Part 2: Pied Currawong

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Pied currawong (Strepera graculina)

You too can visit the Royal Botanic Garden just for the birdlife. 🙂

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