Monday, 22 June 2015

NT Road Trip 2015: Part 14: Red-tailed Black-cockatoos revisited!

Day 14 -- Katherine

I decided to revisit the RTBC site, get there about an hour before sunset and set up properly. I was able to park the vehicle very close to the fence with a clear view of the dam and sat in the driver's seat with the window down, bins and camera at the ready. It was a very interesting dam, a real animal magnet. So I was entertained whilst waiting.

Antilopine wallaby [I am pretty sure]
Pheasant Coucal Centropus phasianinus
Although a cuckoo, the Pheasant Coucal does not lay eggs in another birds nest. If it did, it would be looking for a Wedge-tail's nest!! It is a large bird, 50-70 cm long, living mostly on the ground. It cares for its own young. It has an unmistakable call described in Morcombe as "a long, rapid series of resonant notes accelerating and descending". Click here for call. Personal experience tells me you can hear them kilometres away.

Cockatiels Nymphicus hollandicus
Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera
Galah Eolophus roseicapillus albiceps 
Common Bronzewing
Partridge Pigeon Geophaps smithii smithii
And then the RTBC came. Not as many as the previous evening. Perhaps only 200 or so!

My favourite image.

Just magic. f8 and be there.

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