These guys look like real characters but I'm afraid they're not really our favourite birds as they are VERY partial to all kinds of tropical fruits, especially the ones which have to stay on the trees to ripen. We're lucky indeed to salvage many Rambutans, Passionfruit, Star-fruit etc etc for ourselves!
I've been trying for ages to take some photos of our many Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfishers - heard a couple calling to each other down the driveway this morning, crept down just in time to see one fly off. Looked up and spotted Cocky eyeing me!
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
This one had us, and local birding experts, scratching our heads. We found it, late at night, on the verandah outside the front door and it had obviously flown into a window or the door. We were just off to bed so I took a couple of very quick (and fuzzy!) photos, meaning to check it out in the morning. After hours of searching apps, books and the internet we all agree it must be a Spotted Crake - colour of legs, size of tail and bill all indicate this but the plumage seems very dark. If we'd thought(!) to check under it's tail, white feathers would have confirmed it.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
An update on our visiting - now seemingly resident! - turkey. He belonged originally to our Vietnamese neighbours (who are growing passionfruit and very kindly insist on giving us buckets of them - I think we're starting to LOOK like passionfruit), escaped from Lon, moved next door to another neighbour before apparently deciding life was better here as we, unlike the neighbours, don't have chickens to constantly peck him! I'll post another photo of Fred soon - freedom obviously suits him as it's incredible the amount of condition he's put on in the past few days. He looked pretty scrawny when we first saw him.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
When a guest told us yesterday he had seen a turkey on the property we really did wonder if he'd drunk perhaps a little too much festive cheer. Then this morning I looked out of the office window and this is what I saw - it looks as if someone's Christmas dinner has escaped! Not being familiar with domestic turkeys we weren't sure at first if it's male or female but a Google search assures us that only males 'gobble' - and this one is certainly very vocal! He's now enjoying munching through yesterday's thrown-out veggie scraps (also enjoyed by our Bandicoots, Wallabies and assorted other wildlife).