Monday, November 17, 2008

Inskip Point - bush and beach

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Inskip Point is certainly one of my favorite places for watching birds. I can usually find interesting 'bush' birds in the strip of bush towards the end of the peninsular and then of course there is always an assortment of birds out on the sand flats.
The most interesting bird I saw (and photographed) in the bush this time would have to be the Red-browed Firetail (Neochmia temporalis). It was late afternoon and the birds were hopping in and out of the shadow right on the side of the road.
Out on the sand flats a small group of Royal Spoonbills (Platalea regia) flew in and began hunting for food in the shallow pools of water left as the tide receded.
I was able to shoot a little video which shows how they move their bills in the water as they hunt for food.

22 comments:

  1. Wow that is a very colorful bird.

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  2. Thanks Tom, they are beautiful little birds.

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  3. Nice lighting in that first shot Mick, reflection off the sand?

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  4. Thanks Duncan, it was very late afternoon and I was just aware that it was hard to get enough light. I KNOW it was late because all the 'mossies' were starting to bite!

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  5. Good to see the Red-browed Firetail!
    And videos, even that small and short, are great. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Thanks Nickolay. The videos have helped me learn how different birds move.

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  7. I'm always amazed at the different birds we get in our respective countries. The Firetails have some vibrant colouring! Nice pics and video Mick.

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  8. Hi Sparverius, thanks for visiting and commenting.

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  9. Thanks Tricia, that's one thing that makes reading your blog so interesting too. I also think that blogging with the personal comments is so much more interesting than reading a book about overseas birds.

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  10. Used to get the Firetails in my backyard many years ago. Love those Spoonbills. They supposedly turn up here from time to time but I doubt I'll ever see one.

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  11. Hi Mosura, Firetails in the backyard would be very special indeed.

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  12. This is really fun being able to witness birds on other continents with the mere stroke of a key.

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  13. Hi Bernie, I definitely agree. This is one of the best things about the www for me.

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  14. Love the little fire tails and great to see the clip on the spoonbills.

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  15. Red-browed finch is very beautiful!

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  16. Hi Arija, thanks for visiting and commenting.
    Hi also Tabib,thanks for your visit and comment.

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  17. These shots are fantastic.
    Always such a treat to see the beauty on the other side of the world!

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  18. This is a striking little bird! Fun to see.

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  19. Thanks for your comments Nina and Vickie

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  20. Wonderful photographs of the Red-browed Firetail Mick.
    I found your video of the Spoonbills feeding very interesting.
    Keep up the fantastic work Mick.

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  21. Lovely finches and the video is fantastic!

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