These birds are White-breasted Woodswallows clumping in the winter sun on a branch on the banks of Bungeworgorai Creek Queensland, Australia.
Clumping is the animal behaviourists’ term for cuddling behaviour in birds. These guys are really packed in together. The white chests show on the birds to the left and the white rumps on the rest. Bird watchers say these white features gleam in the sun.
See how bright their blue beaks are. Their beaks are tipped with black. Darker feathers around their eyes make them stand out. These birds are widespread in eastern Australia.
The beautiful Australian White Ibis is also known as the “Sacred Ibis” and the “Dump Chook.”
The sacred ibis
With the majesty and peacefulness of the Australian White Ibis flying against that perfect sky it is no wonder it is known as the Sacred Ibis.
How the Australian White Ibis got the name dump chook?
The influence of man has meant in some locations these birds rely on refuse dumps as a food source – and they have been given the derogatory name “Dump Chook.”
Distinctive characteristics of the Australian White Ibis
The call of this beautiful bird is a series of croaks. Notice the red naked skin which shows under the wing along to the breast. Ibis are social and will usually be with other ibis.
Where can the Australian White Ibis be found?
Australian White Ibis can be found throughout Australia except the most arid parts of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern territory.
By Amanda Jackson
The Emus feathers are bunched into a bustle of its rump. The feathers are long, thick and drooping. These feathers give the appearance of an exaggerated bounce and away when the Emu runs. Emu is a flightless bird.
The sun in this photo makes it really easy to see the emu bustle. The Emu’s plumage is dark brown to grey brown. The plumage of breeding females darkens and the feathers of their head and neck are black. The skin of emu’s head and throat is blue and this blue skin is what what can be seen distinguishing males.
PS A bustle was a framed and padded structure worn over a women’s bottom to support the style of dress in fashion in the mid to late 19th century.
It is exciting to find a flock of Long Billed Corellas a long way from their usual territory. It is also special to see in the wild, a species that is not normally widely dispersed and is not a common bird population.
The Corella Family:
The white Little Corella has a pink patch at its beak and yellow under its tail and is well known around Queensland. The Long Billed Corella is found in Victoria and a small coastal area in New South Wales and Queensland’s Gold Coast. The center of main distribution for this species is south-west Victoria.
It was exciting to find a flock of approximately 30 Long Billed Corella, called a “family party”, at Maryborough Queensland this week.
Identifying the Long Billed Corella:
Looking at the front and back view of the Long Billed Corella the important identifying features are:
the top part of the beak significantly overhanging the lower beak;
the pink colouring around the throat;
and a very pale yellow under the tail.
Whilst the Little Corella has a beak with only a slight overhang, no pink at the throat and sulphur yellow markings under the tail.
They are noisy birds:
These birds are noisy! Their calls are discordant which makes them seem even noisier! They have a high pitched call in flight and a streaking alarm call.
Sentinel warning system:
Corella feed on the ground using their long bills to dig up the roots and bulbs on which they feed. While the main flock feeds on the ground a few remain in the tree to keep lookout and warn of danger. Corellas are about 37cm in size and nest in tree hollows.
Breeding time is August to December. Sighting these birds in Maryborough at this time may mean they will breed in this locality. Male and female birds share the incubation of their eggs (usually two). The female sits on the eggs during the night and the male sits during the day for 24 days. The parents then share the care of the hatchlings for 7 weeks in the nest and 3 weeks after they leave the nest.
What an exciting find!
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Carpet snakes or Carpet Pythons are harmless despite their looks and they are extremely diverse in colour and pattern. Most adults will be an olive green or brown colour, with pale, dark-edged blotches, stripes or cross-bands. The juveniles are similarly patterned, but often in shades of brown rather than olive green.
“The Place of the Carpet Snake”
Carpet snakes grow to more than 3 meters. Carpet snakes are named after the distinctive patterned skin of the species. The patterns in the photos show blotches, cross bands, stripes and combinations of these markings.
This member of the Australian Python species is one of beige or brown colour and has grey, blackish, rust, yellow or gold markings.
The carpet snake is nonvenomous however bites are often followed by infection and tetanus cover is recommended. A number of races or subspecies of carpet snake are recognised in different geographic regions of Australia.
Caboolture is a city North of Brisbane on the way to Sunshine Coast.
Kabultur (Caboolture) is the tradition language word in that area for “Place of the Carpet Snake”
While we were living in Caboolture we found a very large carpet snake feeding out of our wheelie bin. These snakes are often found around farms where they enjoy easy hunting and eat the mice and rats. They will eat chickens and their eggs if they can get them.
If you have any photos of carpet snakes we would love to see them – just reply in the comment box below