Nice find on my dawn-walk this morning, a Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) singing on the side of Strong Rd.
Captured this footage of the Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis) in early-November 2021 with a Canon RP and RF 800mm IS F11 hand-held. I think I may have discovered a new ‘martial art-form’, trying to hold a telephoto lens steady whilst several blowflies crawl up and down your bare-legs, and in and out of your facial-orifices, needs much practice.
This young Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura) was recorded undergoing ‘pre-flight training’ by it’s parents at Samsonvale, SE Qld in November 2020. The footage was captured on a Panasonic HC-VXF1 handycam whilst walking the owners dog first thing in the morning. Note the kites premier nuisance, several Torresian Crows ‘making-mischief’ loudly in the background.
Clearwing Swallowtails (Cressida cressida)
It’s rather unusual to get footage of this butterfly as they never seem ‘stationary’ for long. The female is the larger of the two and the older name of ‘Big Greasy’ comes from the transparent appearance of their wings, appearing to be similar to greaseproof paper.
They are fairly-common butterflies in Southeast Queensland, seen mating in mid-September 2020. I’ve ‘slowed’ the clip down by 50% to improve the views.
Two Chirruping Wedgebills (Psophodes cristatus) were observed singing near the Noccundra Hotel, SWQ Queensland in early-May 2021 whilst I searched in vain for Grey Grasswren (Amytornis barbatus). Unfortunately this clip was filmed without a tripod but hope it’s not too ‘shaky’.
Recently there has been plenty of Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus) action around my Barn, including quite a few of the ‘nominate’ New Zealand race ‘lucidus’. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get any video-clips of them at this stage (late-March 2021) but with the new Qld COVID ‘lock-down’….it might just happen!
Saw this male Spotted Quail-thrush near Crows Nest, was surprised after trying to get a decent ‘still’ photo when he flew up onto the branch in front of me. Unfortunately I didn’t have a tripod handy so used the nearby ironbark tree as a support.
Filmed this Black-eared Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx osculans) at Sundown National Park in Southern Queensland in November 2020.
Finally managed to see the northern race of Superb Lyrebird in Queensland (ssp edwardi) This male was approaching Bald Rock Creek at Girraween National Park for a drink at dusk when we noticed him fly up to a tree. The footage is short and very poor (taken with a handycam) but shows clearly what a magnificent species this is.
During mid-November 2020 up to 10 young Paradise Riflebirds (Lophorina paradisea) were observed ‘practising’ their courtship-dance at Mt Glorious in SE Queensland. Unfortunately the day that I filmed this was particularly cloudy and dull. Sadly I didn’t see any adults performing.
This Green Catbird (Ailuroedus crassirostris) was calling at Mt Glorious in mid-November, in the background you can hear a Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)