Last weekend I spent my time entirely showcasing my book at the local Art Show, so I had no time out birding. You may be surprised to find many rare and interesting bird species in your local zoo as I have found. This now endangered Regent Honeyeater is actually bred to be released by Taronga Park Zoo, Sydney to help repopulate this endangered specie. I feature some unusual birds that you may see there. Click on photos to enlarge them.
Another bird showing brilliant colour in the sunshine is the Dollarbird which is a winter migrant which will return again to Sydney within the next few months. This one stays here captured for the winter. Its beautiful colours are not usually appreciated when it is perched high in a tree.
The bird show at the zoo gives beautiful close ups of several beautiful birds including raptors such as our largest eagle The Wedge-tailed Eagle.
The Red-tailed Black Cockatoo is another bird which is not seen in southern NSW but puts on a lovely show at the zoo, we see the Glossy Black here with its massive beak which also has a red tail, but the red-tailed by name is further north in Queensland.
Some birds are difficult to find in the wild such as Little or Fairy Penguins, which are currently being decimated in population in the seas of southern Australia by the increasing numbers of New Zealand Fur Seals. There are still small populations along the east coast.
The most common bird seen at the zoo is actually not in cages but flies free in large numbers swooping on tables for scraps of food, and this is the Common Myna we call the Indian Myna, a myna bird which has become a major problem, as an introduced pest.
I usually go directly to the Australian bird section to check out the Regent Honeyeaters I featured previously, and the Rainforest section where I see the beautiful Regent Bowerbird alpha male.
I usually hear and see the male Superb Lyrebird but I only saw a young female on this occasion.
There are many different parrot species and this pair of Scaly-breasted Lorakeets are a good example.
These Chestnut-breasted Mannikins are a beautiful feature of the aviary.
This pair of Wandering Whistling Duck are another not so frequently seen birds.
Certainly the Green Pigmy-Goose is not seen in our southern states but can be viewed at the zoo, and whate a beautiful bird it is.
Australia is blessed with many varieties of rainforest pigeons as there is much native fruit from many varieties of fig and other fruit baring tree species. Two that look similar and are seldom seen other than in a rainforest are the Rose Crowned Fruit-Dove and the Superb Fruit-Dove, which normally keep well away from humans.
The Top-knot Pigeon is another rainforest fruit eating pigeon found in small flocks feeding high in the canopy of fig and other native fruit trees. It has an unually small head and unusual head dress.
This Banded Lapwing remained motionless as I observed it, possibly making it a lesser target for a predator as movement brings attention to the would be attacker.
Lastly, this lovely Variegated Fairy-wren was also present as a captive of the zoo, as it was in the process of eclipsing into breeding plumage.
Change is an important aspect of our growth, yet often for many a fearful expectation when confronted with it. Most of us like things to stay the way they are, which can lead to complacency, which is one of the largest threats to a vital and passionate life. Change brings character development and opportunity to adapt and improve our life skills. Like the Fairy-wren eclipsing from breeding to non breeding plumage sometimes twice a year, we need to embrace change courageously and make it a positive aspect to our life by meeting it as an opportunity to attract greater opportunity, as it does for the Fairy-wren by attracting the female gender when he adorns his breeding plumage.
Have a wonderful week!