Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 258 - Nankeen Night Heron

More shots from the trip on Yellow Water this week for Wild Bird Wednesday.  As you may have gathered from the number of shots that this trip created, Kakadu is a remarkable place - with an abundance of things to point lenses at.

These birds are Nankeen Night Herons (Nycticorax caledonicus).  And had I known the stories behind both of these names, I would have posted these images a lot sooner.  Nankeen comes from Nanking, a town in China that produced a yellowish cotton cloth - which apparently was a similar colour to parts of this bird.  I suppose this makes some sense.  The scientific name means (and I assure that this is true!) Scottish Nightraven - which is about as wrong as it can get.

I do like this kind of thing.

Theses are three different birds - the ones with stripes are young birds, and the others are adults.  In the adult bird you can just about see the long white plume that come off the back of its head.







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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Egret in Fading Light

These are some shots of an Intermediate Egret (I think) in some rather nice late afternoon / evening light.

I saw this bird on a cruise around Yellow Water, which is a fabulous area of the Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, Australia.







I like the way the light is catching the outstretched feathers.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 257 - Variable Oystercatcher

Oystercatchers have to be one of my favourite types of bird - I can't help but think that they have a great deal of personality.

So, when I was in New Zealand at the start of the year, it was good to catch up with a new species.  This is the Variable Oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor). The scientific name is really rather funny in the context of the common name and the fact that the bird (in two of its colour phases) is clearly not unicolour at all!

This bird has an "all black" phase (which is highly appropriate really!), and intermediate phase, where there is some white on the belly and a 'pied' phase where most of the belly feathers are white.  Of course, there are also transitional phases as well.

The first set of pictures were taken at Muriwai, on New Zealand's North Island.  The second set were taken at Picton, on New Zealand's South Island.












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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

To raise a smile

Far too many things in the news of late that are human created catastrophes - physical, political and environmental.

These images from India made me smile for a while, but surely we can do better than the mess we are making at present.

All the pictures were taken in Agra.





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