Rainbow Lorikeet Feather in the Sketchbook

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Rainbow Lorikeet Feather in the Sketchbook

Further to yesterdays post about finding a gum leaf in my sketchbook, here is the second gem that I found – a beautiful little feather from a rainbow lorikeet!  What gorgeous colours eh?!

To add to the cuteness of the feather, I even found it on a page of cute koala sketches 🙂

Tawny Frogmouth nest sketches

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Tawny Frogmouth Family Nest

On Thursday the Tawny Frogmouth nest was still being occupied by a parent and chick observing everything going on around them.  Then on Friday they had finally abandoned their nest and were sitting on a different branch on the opposite side of the tree blending in with the silhouettes of the leaves.

It has been a pleasure to watch this little family over the past couple of months at Whites Hill Reserve.  They also nested in the same area last year too.  But with the recent land clearing/development going on right next to their tree, I will be very surprised if they return to this spot again next year.

4 Things I Learnt From the Aussie Backyard Bird Count

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4 things I learnt from the Aussie Backyard Bird Count

For the Aussie Backyard Bird Count in October I chose to do it in my lunchtimes at Whites Hill Reserve in Brisbane.  I recorded four days and each day I learnt something and here’s what they were:

1. The native minor was more prevalent then I first thought.  I see them a lot but when you start counting you realise just how many you see in 30 minutes.  Which is a bit sad as these little territorial birds bully away other species so unfortunately there wasn’t as great a range of birds that I am sure the reserve could allow.

2. I need to know my bird calls.  Just when I thought that I knew enough bird calls, I was wrong.  I must be able to recognise around half a dozen, but each day there were around 2 or 3 calls I did not know.

3. Focus!  One day I got carried away wondering whether a lump on a tree was a koala or a termite nest.  I must have wondered for five minutes and missed a bird or two…

4. I miss emus.  Haven’t seen a wild emu since I worked at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve in Canberra.  Beautiful birds.