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Top End Top Trip

Just spent ages uploading pics to Flickr then here to have them all disappear once I hit the uplaod button on BiBY ...so just posting one as a test now....
Had a great trip in Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine and Coroborree,was blown away by all the bird species I saw, Jacanas, Jabirus, Painted Honeyeaters, to name but a few:)
Apostlebird

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ok seems to be working now....
The dawn boartrips on the billabongs at Cooinda (Kakadu) and Coroborree were my most special experience.... the morning mist...drifting through the Lotus waterlilies... the crocs heads sitting silently and still on top of the water... and the birds...oh the birds...I was in bird heaven!!
Rainbow Bee-Eater
Blue-Winged Kookaburra (Katherine Gorge National Park)

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ok I give up.... you'll just have to take my word for it ...it was an awesome trip! The Jacanas were my favourite, saw a male sitting on the eggs on the nest fiercly protected my the female, apparently he does all the incubating just leaving the eggs long enough to feed and then he returns. Beautiful birds.

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best

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Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best

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Black-Fronted Dotterell

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Painted Honeyeater

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Red-Throated Honeyeater

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Australian Ibis

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Come on Hev, don't give up, they are fantastic shots and so much variety. I'll give you a hand if you like :')

No I am serious ...really. Having seen your pics it would be worth displaying here for those of us unfortunates who haven't seen that part of the country recently .

Good luck with the posting
Birdie

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WOW ! What a great set of images, Hev. I'll echo Birdie's plea that you don't give up. Keep 'em coming because that part of the world is host to a stack of species and the shots you've posted are great. I can't wait to see more. Thanks for sharing. Perhaps you can give us your Flickr id and we can view them on your photostream.
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BTW, I think the one you've labelled "Painted HE" may be an Oriole and the "Australian Ibis" looks like a Glossy Ibis.
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Cheers,
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George

Cheers,

George
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well I do want to share... it really was THE best birding experience I have had...so am trying with photobucket now as I have maxed out my Flikr!
George, interesting you should say that about the painted HE, they are next to each other in my book and I did see a golden Oriole too ...which I incorrectly ID'd as a female painted HE but Tassie put me straight.But the painted HE is genus Sphecotheres whilst the Oriole is genus Oriolus.
You are right about the Glossy Ibis.
ok watch this space!

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erggg help how do I resize on photobucket to 500?

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ok think I have it sussed now. So the first one was the male jacana sitting on the eggs on a lily pad. The guide driving the boat at Coroborree billabong was so knowledgable and knew the birds in the area (I mean REALLY knew...how many eggs how old they were how long they had been in the area...just brilliant) This is the female, who, as we approached the area hot-footed it to stand guard by her mate and her eggs.

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This was an immature Jacana on the billabong at Cooinda Kakadu

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and I love this one because you can see the huge feet (for walking on lily pads) the jacana is nicknamed 'Jesus' for this reason

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oops

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best

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Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best

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I hope I've got the sizing sorted now...I'm selecting medium in photobucket...is that what everyone else uses?
Pair of white bellied sea-eagles, check out the size of the nest! this pair had been together 7 years and had not had yound for a couple of years, looks like they are just concentrating on the romance and having the nest to themselves:)

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Whistling Kite
Osprey-Katherine Gorge
Collared Sparrowhawk

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They are beautiful Hev, pity it is such an effort to get it to happen huh?
Yes I paid the S25 for Flickr because in the end I couldn't stand it any more, and I want to keep on uploading them . it didn't seem so much as it did a year ago!!
I suggested to my husband that he could give me a gift of a Pro account for my birthday which is coming up..... but he just said nah just get it anyway LOL I didn't need a 2nd invitation of course.
Those images are quite small , did that happen on purpose? Shame, as it really doesn't do them justice .

Keep on posting them

Birdie

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heva1
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ok one more try with photo bucket large size... if this doesn't work am paying the 25 bucks for Flikr upgrade!
Grey-Crowned Babbler

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yay saved 25 bucks! think this is a grey shrike thrush or white bellied cuckoo shrike?

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Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best

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sorry this is so painful (well it is for me anyway!)just finding my way around photobucket and resizing.
Male and female Figbirds

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Male Figbird
Olive-backed Oriole
Silver-Crowned Friarbird
Whistling Kite or Black Falcon?

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Forest Kingfisher

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Hi Heva1, awesome pics. What camera do you have? very sharp images! The pic where you weren't sure about the bird- I'd definitely say it's a white-bellied cuckoo shrike (looked it up in my book) and not a grey-shrike thrush- I get grey-shrike thrushes around my place and could spot them a mile off!

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Hi bushbirdnerd thanks:) I have a canon 7d, thanks for the ID wasn't sure.
Blue-Winged Kookaburra, panting with the heat at Katherine Gorge.

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ok nearly finished!
Jabiru and whistling ducks in the dawn mist on Cooinda billabong Kakadu.

Pied Heron
Juvenile Nankeen Night Heron
Shining Flycatcher
Darter with an itch
Spoonbill
Immature Pied Heron?
Plumed Whistling Ducks IMG]http://i728.photobucket.com/albums/ww282/belgravebird/Top%20End%20Trip/Coroboreebillabongs0009.jpg[/IMG]
Pheasant Coucal
...and last but not least Great Bowerbird displaying the beautiful violet flash he uses to charm a mate!

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Here Hev I'll save you the trouble of reposting the plumed whistling ducks ! That was such a mammoth effort for you, it does get very tiresome doesn't it?
I love these guys they are so pretty....

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Cheers

birdie

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Gidday Hev,wow what can I say,you have some superb shots there of some truly magnificent birds.
I love the lot of them, if you look closely at you Whistler ducks image you will notice that you have two species there,the Grass Whistler and the Water whistler.

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Tassie is that the same as what in my book says is the Wandering and the Plumed Whistlers? They are so pretty, do you still have any in your drain or is that all dead now?

Sunshine Coast Queensland

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Male jacana sitting on the eggs on a lily pad. The guide driving the boat at Coroborree billabong was so knowledgable and knew the birds in the area (I mean REALLY knew...how many eggs, how old they were, how long they had been in the area...just brilliant).

This is the female, who, as we approached the area hot-footed it to stand guard by her mate and her eggs

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Yes thats right Birdie....see the difference between the two..one has plumes the other doesn't.
The drain over the back has been completely decimated by council totally clearing out the 28 species of birds I had there.....that will teach me for asking council to plant some trees along the bank. I have not seen a bird there since.

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That's really sad Tassie, exactly the opposite o what happened with ours.

Wow Hev, I LOVE those shots...brilliant colours

Sunshine Coast Queensland

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Hi Tassie, yes I did notice that there were two different species there. The boat guide said one was more inclined to wade in the water the other to be nearer the bank. I think he called them Plumed whistling ducks and Wandering whistling ducks, they seem to go by several differnt names depending on which book you look at.
I can't remember which one preferred the water to the bank but my guess is there would be less of the water lovers...given the amount of crocs we saw!
There is a croc near the Spoonbill (left of pic) apparently they prefer fish though as birds are just too much effort and the fish can't fly away!

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Tassie

Hey Hev, the Plumed is the one that likes the bank and the Grass likes the water.
Your BOP ?? Whistling Kite or Brown Falcon is a Black Kite.

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Ahh, I'm so jealous. What an awesome trip you must've had. I've only seen 7 of these birds. I really like the photos of the Jacanas and the different types of Herons. Well done.

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Tassie thanks for the ID.
akasha- the trip you went on (and got the great sighting of a red backed kingfisher) was it a birding trip or sightseeing and you just got lucky?

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Hi Hev. I loved looking at your photos. I'm glad you persisted. I have a flickr pro account because I sometimes want to look at old photos for IDs. The first rainbow bee-eater one is amazing - you have shown all the lovely subtle colours in the wings

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Hey Hev.
It was a sightseeing tour but I went withe the intention of looking for birds. On the first day I pulled my field guide out and a few people got interested. By the end of the trip everyone was looking for birds and asking me to ID them, it was great. The kingfisher sighting was on the last stop of the trip, I'd pretty much given up on seeing one.
How about you, was your trip a birding trip?

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Hey Akasha similar story to yours re. my holiday, went with my partner who turned into chief spotter of all things flying...even borrowed my camera while I was in the pool to get photos of a red tailed black cockatoo. 'you touched my camera??" but all was forgiven when I saw the shots:)

I found people on the boat trips did the same...would spot birds for me and ask me to ID them. That happened with the Osprey...I was looking out on one side of the boat and a guy said to me very casually 'oh look theres a big bird over the other side...looks like an owl, what's that?' well, I nearly trampled on him in my haste to see it and get pics. Funny, he didn't point anything else out to me for the rest of the boat trip:)

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