Saturday, 11 May 2013

The Birds of Lake Macquarie 2

On my recent trip to Lake Macquarie we of course saw lots of fabulous birds.

Pelicans of course. Pelecanus conspicillatus. I love the sight of such massive birds sitting on street lights.




They don't seem to think that they look preposterous...


even though they do.


It helps to take a photographer on a walk too

There were lots of herons and egrets about. It was only going through the photos that I realised we had seen two different egrets! All looking spiffy in their breeding plumage. 


Little Egret. Egretta garzetta.

Great Egret. Ardea alba

Great Egret. Ardea alba

We saw many white faced herons too. Egretta novaehollandaie




I think the Noisy Miners could see themselves in the reflection!
They perched themselves on the car door every day
and scrabbled about on the roof.
They've never done that before

I've show you some birds at Lake Macquarie before.


Today is World Migratory Bird Day, an important day to think about ecological impacts on the estimated 50 billion birds that set off on their own extraordinary journeys. 


The image quality improves markedly when you click on a photo and look at it with the lightbox. 

Saturday Snapshot, is a wonderful weekly meme from at home with books

20 comments:

Martha Eskuchen said...

More great bird photos! The first photo brought a smile but I love the full-on shot too (third one down). Good photos.

Brona Joy said...

Your bird shots are inspirational Louise. Such lovely close-ups.

rippleeffects said...

Amazing photos. They're so beautiful. I can't tell the Egret from the Heron.

Louise said...

Martha- I love those particular pictures too.

Thanks Brona.

Arti- I suspect that it's the little egret and great egret that you have trouble distinguishing- the two big white birds. I do too. The little egret has two plumes coming from the back of his head- which you can just see in my picture in lightbox view. An easier distinction is his black bill. The great egret has a much longer neck, that always has quite a prominent kink in it. There is also an intermediate egret which is quite similar to the great egret- they have somewhat subtle differences in the colouring on their faces. I thought one of my great egrets was an intermediate for a while... I pored over the pictures in my bird book, and checked them up online too before being somewhat confident in my identifications.

drbethnolan said...

really beautiful and interseting shots. your clarity is spectacular! I've always wanted to take up birding, too. :) -beth

Paulita said...

Great bird photos and thanks for identifying them too. I'd be wondering all the time if you hadn't.Here's Mine

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Impressive shots! The birds are so elegant....

Thanks for sharing...and here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

Melissa Owens said...

Wow, y'all got some amazing shots of birds on your walk! Thanks for stopping by my Saturday Snapshot post, too!

~ Melissa @ Melissa's Bookshelf

Joyous Reads said...

Oh, to see these lovely creatures up close! Thanks for sharing. :)

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Love these. You are right; the pelicans looks preposterous. But, then again, pelicans always look preposterous. :-)

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great photos!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Love the great bird pics!

Christine Harding said...

The egrets are so beautiful. I know I've said it before, but they are such elegant birds. My Snapshot is at http://goo.gl/JyyYT

Alyce said...

My favorites are the egrets and herons, but pelicans are a lot of fun to watch too! Great photos!

Bonnie said...

I think Pelicans are beautiful...love the photos!

Frances Stiles said...

I just love birds! Your photos are lovely, Louise!

Esme said...

The beaks on the birds are remarkable. I looked into breakfast at Meurice when I was in Paris-the reviews were not overwhelming-one person said that the breakfast egg was an egg with chips out of a bag. Based on the reviews and that I caught a bug when I was there and had some serious stomach issues(how unfair is that when you are in Paris) all I wanted to do was eat, I passed on the breakfast.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Rather whimsical! Love your bird finds♫ Happy Sunday.

Ali said...

These are great! I love the pelicans on the lights and the little bird on the edge of the car, especially.

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

I've seen lots of gulls sitting on street lights but never a Pelican. They do look a bit preposterous up there! And when those Herons and Egrets fly they look almost prehistoric.