Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 247 - Indian Scops Owl (and a very annoying stick)

We head back to India for WBW this week, with an Indian Scops Owl (Otus bakkamoena) almost showing well.  This is a common enough owl in India, butI was still really pleased to see it.  This bird was roosting in a tree in Sultanpur National Park.

What was rather frustrating is that the tree was growing right next to a wall and I was unable to get a clear shot of the bird without the stick being in view.  If I moved away from the wall I had to photograph through a thicket of smaller branches.  All that being said I still like these images as they carry a sense of the reality that we face when trying to photograph birds!

The Indian Scops Owl is small by owl standards - about 25cm long - but it is one of the largest Scops Owls known.  In these pictures you can see the 'ear tufts' which are characteristic of Scops Owls.









I'm back in the saddle at work this week - catching up from a week off.  Wish me luck!

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Sunday, 16 April 2017

A short stay at The Prom

Wilsons Promontory is a National Park about 3 hours east and south of Melbourne - it's one of my favourite places.  We spent a few days there in the Easter School holidays.  H and I went for an overnight walk, which was good and richly supplied with chocolate.

We we got back the whole family did some fishing and went on a few other walks - all in all it was a great time!  I did not do much photography, just messed about and had other sorts of fun!

Off on a walk!
Reflections in Sealers Creek
Morning at Sealers Cove (we camped near here)

Sealers Cove 
Sealers Cove
Crimson Rosella - taken just outside our hut
Small fish and a crazy kid
Slightly Larger fish and just as crazy a kid!
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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 246 - Australasian Gannet or Tākapu (Part 2)

A couple of weeks ago I posted some images of a Australasian Gannet or Tākapu colony.

This week I am just going to post some closer images of the birds, including a pair bonding (I assume this is what it is) at a nest site.  No more text this week, just pictures!










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In a neat bit of number symmetry - this is WBW 246 and 1101 for my Photo-Gallery!

Monday, 10 April 2017

Well, that just about covers it!

I think these signs are rather amusing - and I suspect that a lawyer would have a field day on them:  "My client was not scratching or scribing - he was in fact doodling, which was not forbidden in any of the signs, your Honour!"




Sightseeing must be dangerous in India!


These picture were taken with a smile at Agra Fort.