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A few of the brighter, faster – and hard to shoot – Tasmanian birds about the garden.
I love these little birds! They hop around fast and flitty, in groups looking for insects and small grubs. This one is the bright blue male, who usually has a harem of three or four plainer brown ladies flitting around him. They are very shy and dart off, disappearing like faeries as soon as they see me. This time, I saw them first 🙂
Next up is the another small and incredibly fast insect hunter, the Welcome Swallow. I spied a quite a large number hunting together when I fed my ponies one morning last week, mostly high in the air with the odd one flying low across the paddock, so grabbed the camera to try my luck. I didn’t have much time and didn’t think I stood a chance, but I got lucky, this one image out of 30 or so was the pick of them. It was a fair way off, this is cropped in at 100% pixels with the 14-150mm (300mm FF equivalent) lens.
Apparently if Welcome Swallows choose your house to nest in it is a sign of good luck. And a sign your in for lots of bird droppings!
Green Rosella’s are also shy, they get into my manferns eating the seeds and destroy them – but I don’t mind, except they always fly off before I can get a shot. This one was in a neighbours tree – again, on my way down to feed the ponies. Not a great shot, but I took the opportunity while it presented itself.
And another shot of my new friend, I can hear him in the morning when I wake up from my bed! He seems to have taken a liking to my car’s side mirror.
Out of interest, I decided to write down all the birds I could recall seeing in the valley where I live, a total of 27 species!
Southern Boo Book owl
Long Billed Corella
Tasmanian Wedgetail Eagle
Masked Lapwing Plover
Perfect Blue Fairy Wren
Brush Wattle Bird
Bigger Wattle Bird
Robin Red Breast
Pacific Black Duck
Native Dove (Bronzewing?)
Tasmanian Native Hen
Yellow Throated Honeyeater
New Holland Honey Eater