Strange as it may sound we had a busy weekend , without our usual birding walk. Canberra Saturday and Sydney city Sunday, with only brief moments where we saw birds to observe and photograph. It was a roadside stop in a suburb of Canberra that we saw Straw-necked Ibis quietly grazing in a nearby paddock. This was an unexpected bonus find, considering this was not the purpose of our stop. The juvenile teenager was grazing with the parents in a small flock.
Parent and juvenile
On our return journey, with only a few minutes to spare we dropped in at Canberra’s Jerrabomberra Wetlands on Dairy Road for a quick look and were delighted to find a male and female Australasian Shoveler, shoveling beneath the water, by disturbing the soil and filtering the water for the small micro marine organisms they feed on. Continually the pair bottomed up as they worked the lake. In the footage below the female swims up to male and soon after the male chases away a Pacific Black Duck he felt was intruding. Click on photos to enlarge.
Superb Fairy-Wren are always found near the bird hides and I managed to get these beautiful shots of both male and female in the afternoon winter sunlight. There was a young non-breeding male pictured below also.
On Sunday during a walk through the Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens, me camera-less, our friend Chrissie caught the following footage on her mobile phone of this pair of Rainbow Lorikeets washing and having a ball of a time in one of the fountains in the gardens. Notice how they enjoy the experience together, as these birds like other parrots and cockatoos pair for life.
That is all I have for you this week my birder blogger friends. We continue to pray for God’s comfort and support for our blogging friend Tiny of TinyLessonsBlog as she negotiates the grief of the recent losses of both her husband and father within two weeks of each other.
If your interested and have 22 minutes to spare you can view my science video on Intelligent Design, which presents a teaching alternative to the purpose and function of life as we know it. Have a great week!
“You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” – Psalm 73:21-26