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  • Cotton Pygmy-Geese

    Cotton Pygmy-Geese

    Recently I visited Wappa Dam near Yandina in SE QLD with Linda to try and get some images and video of Cotton Pygmy-goose, we ‘struggled’ with light on the first morning, spending nearly 3 hours trying to get reasonable sunshine on the birds, however were much more successful the next day….we returned later in the […]

  • Black-fronted Dotterel

    Black-fronted Dotterel

    Have been getting some interesting video of this species Elseyornis melanops close to my residence near Rush Creek (Dayboro, SE Qld) This clip was taken hand-held (….without a tripod) hope it’s not too ‘jumpy’. Spring is in the air…..

  • Golden-headed Cisticola

    Golden-headed Cisticola

    Nice find on my dawn-walk this morning, a Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis) singing on the side of Strong Rd.

  • Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo at the barn

    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, […]

  • Flight-training for Kites

    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

    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 […]

  • Singing Chirruping Wedgebill

    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’.

  • Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

    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!

  • Spotted Quail-thrush (Cinclasoma punctatum)

    Spotted Quail-thrush (Cinclasoma punctatum)

    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.

  • Black-eared Cuckoo

    Filmed this Black-eared Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx osculans) at Sundown National Park in Southern Queensland in November 2020.

  • Superb Lyrebird…in Queensland!

    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 […]

  • Young riflebirds ‘hang-out’

    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.

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