In with the New

Black Falcon

(above and below)

Peter's Farm, Queensland, Australia

January 1, 2016

(click on the pictures for a better view!)



I enjoyed two magnificent days of wildlife viewing to see out 2015 and welcome 2016.

In the morning of Friday, January 1st 2016, Glenda, Chris, Mick and I visited Peter's Farm. Peter was hard at work on his tractor where he flushed various species of quail including Stubble Quail. Although a couple whizzed by my nose I was far too useless to make the most of the skeet chances. However, it was very exciting to watch a pair of Black Falcons arrive to make the most of the tractor's movements and dart about the place with ease. Within a split second I watched a quail zoom by my nose then I glanced up to see one of these super-hero falcons appear just above where the quail had disappeared. What a way to start the year.

There were many wonderful birds on Peter's Farm including Red-backed Fairy-wrens, a family of Plumed Whistling-Ducks, a family of Pacific Black Ducks, numbers of Ibis, a little Pied Cormorant, pipits etc, etc.

Thank you Peter and family for the invitation, and thank you Mick, Chris and Glenda for taking me.




Black-shouldered Kite

In front of Peter's Farm, Queensland, Australia

Brown Falcon

Up the road from Peter's Farm, Queensland, Australia

Plumed Whistling-Duck

On Peter's Farm, Queensland, Australia


It wasn't necessarily out with the old on Thursday, December 31, 2015. 

A very kind Rod Hobson took me out to Goomburra National Park where Rod introduced me to an incredible selection of beautiful wildlife. Rod has an incredible wealth of knowledge of all of Australia's natural treasures and taught me a lot.

Thank you to Rod for getting back to me to correctly identify many of the images.

I enjoyed getting about with a couple of different lenses and having a go at some damselflies and dragonflies, birds, marsupials and frogs. And of course there were beautiful landscapes that I'll post later. Sadly, I can only enter 200 characters in the Labels tab and can't input all the species I'd seen in the two days.

Probably the most important encounters of the two days were two Fleay's Barred Frogs. An extremely beautiful upright native frog with a very confined range and now critically endangered.

Rod and I had a big day that lasted well into the night and finished off with the startling falling bomb call of a female Sooty Owl. Ended the year standing in the dark with the hairs on my neck quite ruffled!

Thank you Rod.


Whitewater Rockmaster

Diphlebia lestoides

female

Identified by Rod Hobson

Goomburra, Queensland, Australia

December 31, 2015

Flame Flatwing

Austroargiolestes amabilis

Identified by Rod Hobson

Goomburra, Queensland, Australia

December 31, 2015

Flame Flatwing

Austroargiolestes amabilis

Identified by Rod Hobson

Goomburra, Queensland, Australia

December 31, 2015


Whitewater Rockmaster

Diphlebia lestoides

male

Identified by Rod Hobson

Goomburra, Queensland, Australia

Satin Bowerbird

male

Goomburra, Queensland, Australia

Satin Bowerbird

female

Goomburra, Queensland, Australia

Southern Vicetail

Hemigomphus gouldii

Identified by Rod Hobson

Goomburra, Queensland, Australia

Red-necked Wallaby

Identified by Rod Hobson

Goomburra, Queensland, Australia

Eastern Stony Creek Frog

Litoria wilcoxii

Identified by Rod Hobson

Goomburra, Queensland, Australia

Short-eared Brushtail Possum

Trichosurus caninus

Identified by Rod Hobson

Goomburra, Queensland, Australia

Fleay's Barred Frog

Mixophyes fleayi

Critically Endangered

Goomburra, Queensland, Australia

December 31, 2015

(above and two below)

Identified by Rod Hobson



Austral Cornflower

Rhaponticum australe

Identified by Rod Hobson

Zebra Finch

Galah

Notice the two sexes: Brown eye left = male    Pink eye right = female

Superb Fairy-wren

male

Bell Miner

Goomburra, Queensland, Australia

Superb Fairy-wren

Goomburra, Queensland, Australia

December 31, 2015

Russell Gorella



Gorella

Little Corella + Galah cross

Lockyer Valley, Queensland, Australia

Another discovery on my outing with Rod Hobson in August. A Little Corella, Galah cross.

It looked like a Galah but the voice was that of a Corella.

Sorry about the post title. There was a running joke in Japan earlier this year...you had to be there...



Blue Skies of a Winter August


Black-shouldered Kite

Gowrie Junction, Queensland, Australia

August, 2015

(Above and below)


Here are some pics from a couple of outings with Kevin Williams in the second week of August. The mornings were cold but the sky was blue and incredibly clear. The days warmed up and were very comfortable. I certainly wasn't bored with beautiful birds everywhere. 

These pics were with the Nikon D7100 and Nikkor AF-S 80-400mm VR. I think they are nice and clear but I was having trouble framing them with a smaller viewfinder than the D800 and I kept chopping off the bird's wings when they flew... It was the first real run I've had with the camera since I got it. On other days I felt birds in Australia were too far away with the full-framed D800...

Getting back to the birds....aren't Black-shouldered Kites just superb up against the blue?

Thanks for the outings, Kevin!



Australian Kestrel also known as Nankeen Kestrel

Oakey, Queensland, Australia

Black-shouldered Kite

Gowrie Junction, Queensland, Australia

and below..




Black Falcon

Toowoomba tip, Queensland, Australia

and below...


Black Kite

Toowoomba tip, Queensland, Australia

and below..


Galah

Toowoomba tip, Queensland, Australia

Galah, Galah, Galah!!


Galahs

Picnic Point, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Pentax K10D smc Pentax-FA* 400mm F5.6 ED (IF)

June 13, 2007




Still nothing new or current to report in Niigata so here are some old files from 2007. Some Galahs happily grazing at Picnic Point, Toowoomba as seen after a nice afternoon out with Rene.









Flocking

Black Falcons rounding up Feral Pigeons (Rock Dove)

North-west of Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

as seen with Kevin Williams!!

am March 28, 2013

Been so busy lately but wanted to upload these images. Hope to have time to read other blogs soon.

Thanks for visiting.

Black Falcon





...and late one afternoon a couple of days later >

A Sulphur-crested Cockatoo launches as flocks of birds stir with the arrival of some raptor.

Late afternoon, Near Quinalow, Queensland, a few days after watching the Black Falcons.

Galahs


A couple of Little Corellas following the flock

I saw buckets of birds flocking but only two kestrels were soaring.
A Brown Falcon then appeared


Lots of Little Corellas everywhere but realised after I downloaded
 my pics that this looks like a Long-billed Corella.