Visual treats for your ocular pleasure... special spots and critters of interest.
A comparison of a smaller Asian Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica affinis) with Australian Gull-billed Terns (Gelochelidon nilotica macrotarsa). It was very kind of the aussie tern to give a direct overlay comparison of the two birds ;)
A beautifully marked up juvenile Caspian Tern with an adult, and some Australian Gull-billed Terns in the background.
I have been trying to see one of these beautifully marked birds for some time. With the kind assistance of a local birder, Bernie - we managed to find this very vocal bird quite quickly. Handholding a 500mm lens and focusing on a shadowy bird is not the easiest task!
The Tasmanian Native-hen is entirely confined to Tasmania, but unlike other Tasmanian endemic species, it does not occur on the main islands in Bass Strait (King and Flinders Islands). Although the islands support plenty of suitable open habitats, such as farmland, grasslands and lush wetlands, being flightless, native-hens have never been able to colonise these islands from the Tasmanian mainland. In fact, King and Flinders Islands are entirely free of native-hens, as the Black-tailed Native-hen, which is widespread on the Australian mainland, has never been recorded there either!
A timelapse on the banks of Kororoit Creek in Clarke Road Stream Side Reserve, Caroline Springs.