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    Post by Joy on Tue 22 Nov 2016, 4:47 pm

    Then off they went. Came back though.
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    Post by Joy on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 7:54 am

    Bar-shouldered doves have now joined in the feeding in our front yard.  When taking these pics I have to be very careful not to startle the birds as they'll fly off so I take them very quickly.
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    Post by Joy on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 7:57 am

    Sometimes because the pics are taken so quickly they're not as sharp as they could be.
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    Post by Joy on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 7:59 am

    Never realised the bar-shouldered dove has a pretty blue beak.
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    Post by Joy on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 8:00 am

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    Post by bigbilly on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 8:06 am

    You are certainly getting a mixture of pretty birds now Joy,the word must be getting round the bird world that food is available.
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    Post by Joy on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 8:08 am

    Bar-shouldered dove & eastern rosella.
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    Post by Joy on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 8:15 am

    bigbilly wrote:You are certainly getting a mixture of pretty birds now Joy,the word must be getting round the bird world that food is available.
     Yes we are BigBilly. The Kookaburras have been sitting up on the powerlines near us & watching for Bruce the put out some meat chunks for them then they swoop in & 'kill' each piece. Have been getting three at a time as well as four eastern rosellas which is a big number for them. We are going away for a week soon & they will all have to fend for themselves. Oh dear. Hope they will return when we get back.
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    Post by Joy on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 8:18 am

    By the way BigBilly Bruce has a live feed running at www.ustream.tv/channel/bruiserdor
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    Post by Joy on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 8:21 am

    These images were taken yesterday afternoon.
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    Post by Joy on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 8:22 am

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    Post by Joy on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 8:24 am

    Eastern rosellas & a spotted turtle dove.
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    Post by Joy on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 8:26 am

    Two eastern rosellas the female is the duller one  behind the male. A spotted turtle dove & a bar-shouldered dove.
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    Post by Joy on Thu 08 Dec 2016, 11:17 am

    Bruce & I have returned after a week away & happily the birds were quick to return as well. Saw SIX eastern rosellas this morning but they flew off when I picked up my camera. They quickly returned but the same thing happened when I tried to take a shot of them. Oh well. Next time lucky perhaps. For us to see six of them together is amazing. Also, the smallest of Australia's doves & pigeeons the Diamond Dove has joined the feeders. Saw a Corella also but they're noisy so we don't really want that as there will be complaints again. Grr.
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    Post by Joy on Sat 10 Dec 2016, 10:58 am

    We have had some new birds at our feed station which is wonderful, especially as we have been away & the other birds haven't forgotten. Shows they have good memories. So much for 'birdbrain'. 
    This visitor literally 'dropped' from the sky & brought its own food. I had noticed a different bird on its own standing stationary further up the yard. When I grabbed my camera. moved my chair so I could see the bird through the viewfinder focus activated the zoom I had time for one shot before it flew away. There is some reflection on the glass I shot through but the bird is still easily seen & identifiable as is its prey. We were pleased to see it was the feral pest bird an Indian mynah. This astounded us as these would not be easy birds to catch. Anyhow the bird I'm talking about is an Australian Common Kestrel. Beautiful.
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    Post by Joy on Sat 10 Dec 2016, 11:15 am

    Here is a pair of beautiful newcomers which have been visiting occasionally but didn't stay long enough for me to photograph. They are Double-barred finches aka owl finch  (for obvious reasons) & Bichino's finch. We have never seen these birds in our yard before but they are so tiny they are easy to miss. They are savannah dwellers & feed off seed heads & seeds on the ground. Here they are wih a female house sparrow for size comparison & a bar-shouldered dove. Serendipity.

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