There are very few parts of Australia that are not within the range of the Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera). The bronzed fiery orange/green patches on the wing flash when they catch the light.
The Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta) is a common bird across most of Australia. Common it might be, but not lacking in charm and grace as it pursues a living in bush and town.
The White-Bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) is a magnificent bird found in all states of Australia and also in India, Papua New Guinea, parts of Asia and the Solomon Islands. It is often seen soaring in majestic circles but when it sights potential prey it can quickly switch to power dive mode. Those powerful talons easily lift medium sized fish or waterbirds from the water. It spans up to 2m, with females a little larger. Not quite as big as the Wedge-tailed Eagle. In Kakadu National Park and on the Western Arnhem Land Plateau it is known as Marrawuddi.
The Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) is found from the Top End of the Northern Territory all the way east and south to mid New South Wales in the coastal belt. It is also found in Papua New Guinea and New Britain.
The Peaceful Dove (Geopelia striata) is an Australian native species found through most of the country except southern parts of Western Australian and Western South Australia. It is noticeably smaller than another native dove with which it shares this range. The Peaceful Dove is 19-21 cm in length and the Bar Shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis) is 26-30 cm. In the Kundedjnyenghmi dialect of Bininj Kunwok from Western Arnhem Land it takes a name from its quiet but well loved call — korloddoddok.
The Four O’clock Moth (Dysphanea numana) flies during the day but is mostly seen in the later and cooler part of the day, hence the common name. Dysphanea is a widespread genus with many species but numana is native to Australia.
Wikipedia says: Rainbow lorikeets feed mainly on fruit, pollen and nectar, and possess a tongue adapted especially for their particular diet. The end of the tongue is equipped with a papillate appendage adapted to gathering pollen and nectar from flowers. Nectar from eucalyptus is important in Australia, other important nectar sources are Pittosporum, Grevillea, Spathodea campanulata (African tulip-tree), and Metroxylon sagu (sago palm).In Melanesia coconuts are very important food sources, and rainbow lorikeets are important pollinators of these.They also consume the fruits of Ficus, Trema, Mutingia, as well as papaya and mangoes already opened by fruit bats. They also eat crops such as apples, and will raid maize and sorghum.They are also frequent visitors at bird feeders placed in gardens, which supply store-bought nectar, sunflower seeds, and fruits such as apples, grapes and pears.
To this list we can the seeds inside the seed capsules of the casuarina tree. A few days ago I found them joining about four other species mobbing a casuarina tree where the seed capsules were mature, easy to open and starting to fall.
I recently posted some pictures of Orange Footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt) scratching around our backyard and on their huge nest mound in a small park next door. A couple of days ago I caught fleeting glimpses of a young scrub fowl, recently emerged from the mound. Wisely they are born with a reflex to flee and fly whenever disturbed. Twice I saw it and twice it disappeared with a clatter of wings. But today Jan went down to the old chook house (Australian for chicken run) that has been empty and overgrown with vines for some years and found this little scrub fowl had found the door open and wandered in. I came and grabbed a couple of quick pics from some distance and got out before he/she got into a panic. The female lays a single egg that is about 20% of her bodyweight in a hole about 45cm deep. Some 50-80 days later the heat from decomposing vegetation has completed the incubation process and the youngster is ready for action. When the chick is ready to hatch it breaks open the egg with its strong feet. It rests in the small cavity in the ground for a day or two and then tunnels its way upward. When it emerges it immediately takes flight. It gets no parental guidance or assistance from mum or dad, who have invested all their energies in working on the mound and the large egg. The mother bird will be busy getting ready to lay another egg, which happens right through the year at intervals of 9-20 days.
The late afternoon sun brings out brilliant iridescence on the back of this straw necked ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis) down at Rapid Creek. A bird found widely throughout Australia.