Native Birds

The native birds are usually the ones with the most vivid and startling colours and often have beautiful voices. The Rainbow Lorikeets come in their thousands at this time of year feasting on all the native plant flowers. Late afternoon they all head up to the trees up the beach and although they look spectacular they are very noisy and rowdy. The Spangled Drongo is beautiful with it's tail shaped like a fishtail, red eye with a black pupil and the flourescent sheen on it's feathers but it makes a very loud, repetitive noise like wire being stretched. It is also a bit of a bully with other birds, as is the Butcherbird. However the Butcherbird, the Whistlers and the Shrikethrush all have beautiful singing voices. I love the Kookaburra and think it looks like a bird from another time and so uniquely different from any other bird I've seen, it also doesn't mind posing for a while for photos. I also really love the Eastern Yellow Robins but they are so hard to photograph, they are inquisitive and come and check things out but tend to take off just as you focus in on them. The Honeyeaters are a pretty sociable lot and will stay around for a bit, they love having a bath in the birdbath and come around 4pm every afternoon and plunge in and out of the water. And we all know how cheeky the Willywagtail is, darting about, waggling it's tail and teasing any other animals around, cats being their favourite I think. It's such a good feeling recording beautiful photographs because you can't tell them to not to move, show their good side or get them to wait while you focus in, but generally most of them don't mind posing for a few shots.


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Laughing Kookaburra backyard pair and first chick born (Dacelo novaeguineae)

About a year ago my backyard Kookaburras started eating from my hand. I also noticed that they were looking for somewhere to nest, they kept sticking their heads in the parrot nesting boxes. Friends put up a Kookaburra nesting box and within 5 minutes they were in there checking it out. They spent a couple of weeks organising the nesting material and throwing out bits they didn't like and then mum laid 3 eggs over a period of days. Incubation began and then there was Spike, the cutest baby Kookaburra, this is his journey.

Spikes Journey

Laughing Kookaburra in nesting box

Juvenile Green Catbird (Ailuroredus crassirostis)

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Tawny Frogmouth with two chicks Neptune 4 & Neptune 5 (2015)

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Tawny Frogmouth fledgling Tawny Frogmouth chicks with dad Tawny Frogmouth family Tawny Frogmouth chick with mum

Tawny Frogmouth family (Podargus strigoides)

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Tawny Frogmouth with juvenile named Neptune the 2nd 2013 (Podargus strigoides)

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Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow

Nankeen Night-heron

Nankeen Night-heron

Sacred Kingfisher

Sacred Kingfisher

Azure Kingfisher

Azure Kingfisher

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)

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Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

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Superb Fairy-wren chick Superb Fairy-wren breeding adult Superb Fairy-wren breeding adult Superb Fairy-wren chicks Superb Fairy-wren male & chicks

King Parrot (male)

* 1. King Parrot (male)

King Parrot

* 2. King Parrot (female)

Rainbow Lorikeet

* 3. Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Bee-eater

* 4. Rainbow Bee-eater

Masked Lapwing (juv)

* 5. Juv. Masked Lapwing

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

* 6. Black Cockatoo

Superb Fairy Wren

* 7. Superb Fairy Wren

Green Catbird

* 8. Green Catbird

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike

* 9. White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike

Red-backed Wren

* 10. Red-backed Wren

Bush Stone Curlew

* 11. Bush Stone Curlew

Little Corella

* 12. Little Corella

Common Koel

* 13. Common Koel (male)


* 14. Mistletoebird

Noisy Pitta

* 15. Noisy Pitta


* 16. Galah

White-breasted Swallows

* 17. Wood-swallows

White-cheeked Honeyeater

* 18. White-cheeked Honeyeater

Channel-billed Cuckoo

* 19. Channel-billed Cuckoo

Scarlet Honeyeater

* 20. Scarlet Honeyeater

White-breasted Woodswallow nest

* 21. Woodswallow nest

Laughing Kookaburra

* 22. Laughing Kookaburra

Leaden Flycatcher

* 23. Leaden Flycatcher

Pied Currawong

* 24. Pied Currawong

Laughing Kookaburra

* 25. Laughing Kookaburra

Yellow Wagtail (rare)

* 26. Yellow Wagtail (rare)

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

* 27. Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

Eastern Yellow Robin

* 28. Eastern Yellow Robin

Red-backed Wren

* 29. Red-backed Wren

Little Corella

* 30. Little Corella

Sacred Kingfisher

* 31. Sacred Kingfisher

Rainbow Lorikeet

* 32. Rainbow Lorikeets

Rainbow Lorikeet

* 33. Rainbow Lorikeet

Coucal Pheasant

* 34. Coucal Pheasant

Pied Butchebird

* 35. Pied Butcherbird

Laughing Kookaburra

* 36. Laughing Kookaburra

Blue-faced Honeyeater

* 37. Blue-faced Honeyeater

Striped Honeyeater

* 38. Striped Honeyeater

Little Friarbird

* 39. Noisy Friarbird

Lewins Honeyeater

* 40. Lewins Honeyeater

Pied Butcherbird (juv)

* 41. Juv. Pied Butcherbird

Red-browed finches

* 42. Red-browed Finch

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

* 43. Scaly-breasted Lorikeets

Pale Yellow Robin

* 44. White-throated Gerygone

Satin Bowerbird (female)

* 45. Satin Bowerbird (female)

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

* 46. Black Cockatoo

* 47. Superb Fairy Wren

Little Corella

* 48. Little Corella

White-breasted Woodswallow nest

* 49. White-breasted Swallow

Satin Bowerbird (male)

* 50. Satin Bowerbird (male)


* 51. Pied Butcherbird

Rainbow Lorikeet

* 53. Rainbow Lorikeet

Olive-backed Oriole

* 53. Olive-backed Oriole

Restless Flycatcher

* 54. Restless Flycatcher

Torresian Crows

* 55. Torresian Crows


* 56. Silvereye

Willy Wagtail

* 57. Willy Wagtail

Rainbow Lorikeet

* 58. Rainbow Lorikeet

Blue-faced Honeyeater (juv)

* 59. Blue-faced Honeyeater

Welcome Swallow

* 60. Welcome Swallow

Superb Fairy Wren

* 61. Superb Fairy Wren

Rufous Whistler

* 62. Rufous Whistler


* 63. Gala

White-throated Gerygone (juv)

* 64. White-throated Gerygone

Figbird (female)

* 65. Figbird (female)

Pied Currawong

* 66. Pied Currawong

Superb Fairy Wren

* 67. Superb Fairy Wren

Striated Pardalote

* 68. Striated Pardalote

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

* 69. Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

Brown Honeyeater

* 70. Brown Honeyeater

Little Corella

* 71. Little Corella

Eastern Rosella

* 72. Eastern Rosella

Figbird (female)

* 73. Figbird (female)

Red Wattlebird

* 74. Imm. Figbird

Scarlet Honeyeater

* 75. Scarlet Honeyeater

Spangled Drongo

* 76. Spangled Drongo


* 77. Galah

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

* 78. Fan-tailed Cuckoo


* 79. Brown Honeyeater

Rainbow Lorikeets

* 80. Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeets

* 81. Rainbow Lorikeets

Grey Fantail

* 82. Grey Fantail

Restless Flycatcher

* 83. Restless Flycatcher


* 84. Galah

Sulpher-crested Cockatoo

* 85. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Bush Stone Curlew

86. Bush Stone Curlew

Sulpher-crested Cockatoo

* 87. Sulpher-crested Cockatoo

Grey Shrike-thrush

* 88. Grey Shrike-thrush

Rainbow Lorikeet

* 89. Rainbow Lorikeet

Figbird (male)

* 90. Figbird (male)

Eastern Rosella

* 91. Eastern Rosella

Brown Thornbill

* 92. Brown Thornbill


* 93. Laughing Kookaburra


* 94. Mistletoebird

Little Shrike-thrush

* 95. Little Shrike-thrush


*96. Galah


* 97. Kookaburras


* 98. Little Wattlebird

Bush Stone Curlew

* 99. Bush-stone Curlew

Varied Triller

* 100. Varied Triller

Grey Butcherbird

* 101. Grey Butcherbird

Pheasant Coucal

* 102. Pheasant Coucal

Superb Fairy Wren (female)

* 103. Superb Fairy Wren

Rainbow Lorikeets

* 104. Rainbow Lorikeets

Rufous Whistler

* 105. Rufous Whistler

Eastern Whipbird

* 106. Eastern Whipbird

Sacred Kingfisher

* 107. Sacred Kingfishe

Double-barred Finch

* 108. Double-barred Finch

Eastern Rosella

* 109. Eastern Rosella


* 110. Magpie-lark