Bird of the Week: 1st October - Water

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Holly
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Bird of the Week: 1st October - Water

Sorry it is a bit late today guys - its a public holiday here in NSW and it was too nice a morning so I went for a dive smiley

 

To move along with some slightly different themes, this week's is water. Share some shots...

cathshane

Here a few of our fav water shots. 2 from home and 2 from not.

The New Holland enjoying his morning bath, with a sparrow waiting patiently in tow.

Eurasian coot and a Cape Barren Goose enjoying a swim.

Owen1
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Here's a few...

Australian Spotted Crake, White-faced Heron and Eurasian Coot.

Cheers, Owen.

Araminta
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Mother and Baby Coot

M-L

Araminta
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lonely Baby Coot, calling his Mum.

M-L

Araminta
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..and one Pacific Gull.

M-L

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Black-winged Stilt

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Swallows at a puddle

GeorgeP
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A Baillon's Crake at the WTP, a Chestnut Teal at the local park wetlands and a Red-kneed Dotterel at the WTP.

Cheers,

George
Melbourne, VIC

GeorgeP
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... and I may as well add a Eurasian Coot and a Hoary-headed Grebe from Karkarook Park.

Cheers,

George
Melbourne, VIC

sue818
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Love the photos. Here are a few of mine from Sydney: Australasian Grebe in breeding colours; Magpie's morning bath; Silver gull admiring his image.

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New Holland Honeyeaters socialising over a cool bath.

Araminta
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here is one I took at a Berwick Lake. He just had a bath and is drying off in the sun.

M-L

Headsie
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I missed the bower birds, been busy and not getting the time I want to post here due to travelling.

On my trip up North last month I found a great waterhole and hope to return there next week.

Rufous songlark 1&2

Zebra finch 3

Budgerigar 4

Araminta
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There are some great photos here,

But ,Wow Headsie, these are without doupt some of the best photos I have seen. I love them all.

M-L

Nahar
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Adding a few more to an already fantastic collections. Once again a great theme.

All these are taken around Newcastle area with different textures of water

Nahar
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Graet Shots Headsie. #3 is my favourite.

cprohm
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Some great water bird shots here, keep them coming people.

GeorgeP
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Agree with M-L, some great shots posted and wide variety of birds. Headsie, I love that Zebbie shot and Nahar's Red-necked Avocet is superb.

Cheers,

George
Melbourne, VIC

Araminta
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Here is one I took today. The duck came out of the water to do..... well, you have a close lookdevilwink

M-L

sue818
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What a great set of pictures. This one is not in the same class but I was thrilled when this Reed Warbler emerged from hiding to get nesting material and posed long enough for a photo. I have numerous blurred photos as it flashed from one side to the other of this small pond in Sydney.

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This is great to see the response to this thread.  The pics are wonderful.  My contribution today is a pair of Australasian Grebes with chicks. 

Karen
Brisbane southside.

Sandgroper
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Is it a Guck or a Dull

Araminta
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who knows Sandgroper, it might even be a Doose?

M-L

birdie
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What a wonderful selection of water birds and their activities....  They are all beautiful. Love the Zebra Finch Headsie and Nahar I cannot believe how beautiful the avocets are. To those of you who can get good shots of the Crakes and Rails..I take my hat off... as I seem destined for failure in that area cheeky

Sunshine Coast Queensland

Araminta
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one Buff-banded Rail just  for Adrienne:

M-L

birdie
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Lovely shot Marie-Louise .... thank you

Sunshine Coast Queensland

Karen
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Wow, these are good.  I have a few to add just to keep the momentum going.

Australasian Grebe on her floating nest.

Reflections (egret).

Bird in mud

Male Black Swan

Pelican and friend stepping out.

Many birds.

Karen
Brisbane southside.

sue818
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Hi Karen, I am a novice but wonder if the bird in mud might be a Godwit. sue

jfiess78
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LOL Aramintalaugh It almost looks like ducky has a third leg!! You should call her Rolf or Jake!!

Jackie ;0)

Karen
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Sue, I'm a learner too and was hoping someone might ID this bird.  It looks like you are right, actually a Bartailed Godwit.  Any confirmation welcome, as the pics I've found on the web are probable, but not positive.

Thanks Sue.

Karen
Brisbane southside.

Nahar
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Its definitely a bar-tailed godwit when you look closely near the rump.

Sending one that I took recently- fits in with our theme of "water" as well:

Karen
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The two tone beak fits in too.  Are these resident or migratory birds?  It just that I don't see them often.

Karen
Brisbane southside.

birdie
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Oh yes Karen,,,,very definitely migratory birds. Every year they travel form as far afield as NZ and back to Siberia for their breeding season. There are projects out of NZ where they fit transmittors on them and you can track and individual birds journey as they make their way home..... they are incredible smiley

Sunshine Coast Queensland

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What a wonderful collection of photos. I really love yours, Headsie. Mine is an old photo, and not too sharp, but I really like the unusual colours. This is just as it was taken: no editing/processing has been done. I found it yesterday when I was trying to organise. It's a white-faced heron and an egret.

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I thought I'd share a couple of old ones that have been posted here before but not for several years

Here are some juvenile Australasian gannets in a feeding frenzy when the bait fish got trapped in the shallows

Had to reshare these bedraggled Lorikeets in my friends bird bath....  they were really drenched !

And another comical looking fellow .... Blue faced HE .....looking very grumpy

Sunshine Coast Queensland

WendyK
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It's very interesting to see what everyone is posting and there are some terrific photos.  Do Lorikeets shrink?  Smiley Coot looked so happy this morning I had to put him in.  A Nankeen Night Heron which would land on the deep water if it saw something from its perch in a nearby tree then, after floating for a few seconds, would lift straight up (amazing wing strength) and fly back to his tree, which was all a bit odd for a wading bird. And an Osprey with freshly caught fish.  I thought he was going to break a wing for sure, the way he crashed right into the water from so high up.

Wendy
Mandurah, WA
Peel-Yalgorup System Ramsar Site

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Araminta
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This female White-throated Treecreeper enjoyed a bath in my garden today.

M-L

pacman
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Araminta wrote:

This female White-throated Treecreeper enjoyed a bath in my garden today.

what a great pic of a bird that I usually see high up a tree

Peter

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I found something different today at Sandgate - a Whiskered Tern

2nd pic is cropped to show the bird

Peter

Araminta
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Thanks Peter. What a great crop, sorry, what a great photo of a bird . wink where are the whiskers?cheeky

M-L

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Synchronised swimmers

pacman
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yes, I would have preferred to be closer but I can no longer walk on water

there was a number feeding over Douse Lagoon, Sandgate this morning and they are a small but very active tern and would not come very close to where I was

this pic is as close as they got to me

I cannot see any whiskers so I do not know about the derivation of the name

the 2nd pic is a female wink so I do not expect to see whiskers

Peter

sue818
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Happy hour at the local waterhole this afternoon ... the Firetails moved off as the Silveryes arrived. Many others just dropped in for a quick one. 

Hope this works as I cannot see the picture. Sue

Karen
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Taken through glass from my window.  Too many birds for one bird bath, but at least one comes in daily for a bath.

Karen
Brisbane southside.

pacman
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another on the theme

Peter

judym

Two delightful water bird shots from Warriewood today.

Holly
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Wow - you all have out done yourselves!  Well done everyone on some amazing shots.

clif2
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These photos are amazing and shows the talent that exists within our members, it has made my day to view the selection and quality on display here. I will add some even though late.





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