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Magicziggy 30th November 2012 09:06 AM

Quack, Tweet, Squawk.. click!
So...a thread to share birdie pics.

We went swan hunting at the wetlands this morning.. and they were plentiful.

Taken 30-11-12, Whyalla Wetlands, South Australia



Australian Black Swan


Distribution Density Map

MSG 30th November 2012 09:16 AM

Already posted at Theorama:


Originally Posted by neilloan
I can't tell you how great a privilege it is to have seen this:



Yes, that's the malleefowl, Leipoa ocellata ("spotted egg-leaver"!) It's the only megapode that lives in temperate and semi-arid zones instead of the tropics. It's the size of a large chicken and its nest is up to 5 metres in diameter, and it moves 3 tonnes of soil very day to make sure the eggs are alright.

The Aborigines of western Victoria called it Lowan, and the spirit malleefowl, Neilloan, is represented by the constellation in my avatar.
More information: http://www.malleefowlvictoria.org.au/

Adenosine 30th November 2012 12:10 PM


Found here:


But more commonly here:


borealis 30th November 2012 01:45 PM

omg aden. That's Ishmael level shitposting. :staregonk:

borealis 30th November 2012 01:48 PM

Flock of 16 Common Mergansers on our lake this morning, all females, unusual since we usually only see them on their way north in early spring:



borealis 30th November 2012 01:56 PM

Couple days ago saw four Golden Crowned Kinglets for the first time in many years. Really bold little birds, as fearless as chickadees.



Adenosine 30th November 2012 01:57 PM


Originally Posted by borealis (Post 72874)
omg aden. That's Ishmael level shitposting. :staregonk:

Nuh-uh. Mine was funny. And it's the only contribution I can make to the thread since I don't birdwatch. :munch:

borealis 30th November 2012 02:36 PM

:colbert: you should start birdwatching.

borealis 30th November 2012 06:54 PM

Also saw a very large unidentified hawk this morning, maybe following the mergansers as they seem to always have some kind of predatory bird shadowing them, often eagles.

The hawk flew too low to see a good silhouette, so all I got was large with an unusually large head.

It may have been a Northern Goshawk:


It's the right time of year, the right flight (low), and the right size.

Adenosine 30th November 2012 10:47 PM


Originally Posted by borealis (Post 72878)
:colbert: you should start birdwatching.

I live near a lake, river complex. There are lots of birds. But birds are boring. :colbert:

borealis 30th November 2012 10:50 PM

They are not boring! They are bloodthirsty smart little dinosaurs with the emotional temperature of tyrannosaurs. Even the seed eaters. They fight, cheat and steal all the while pretending to be harmless pretty little innocents.

MSG 30th November 2012 10:56 PM


Originally Posted by Adenosine (Post 72893)

Originally Posted by borealis (Post 72878)
:colbert: you should start birdwatching.

I live near a lake, river complex. There are lots of birds. But birds are boring. :colbert:

go back to your dungeons and dragons thread you peasant

Adenosine 30th November 2012 11:06 PM

There's a reason why birdbrain is an insult.

MSG 1st December 2012 12:04 AM

no, there isn't :getout:

Teshi 1st December 2012 02:26 AM

I don't think you guys want me to post my ten billion bird photos, lol

borealis 1st December 2012 02:27 AM


We do.

You could space them out a bit over time if you like. :D

oblivion 1st December 2012 02:35 AM

I saw a bird in the garden today that I didn't recognize. I didn't see it closely enough to know what the beak shape is. It was small, maybe finch-sized. It hat a neon yellow splotch on the top of its head and a neon yellow splotch under its tail. I'm not sure how much of the belly was yellow. The wings, tail and upper body were mottled brown.

borealis 1st December 2012 02:38 AM

Myrtle warbler?


Teshi 1st December 2012 03:02 AM

Could have been a yellow-rumped warbler maybe if you're not perfectly precise on the yellow splotch locations

oblivion 1st December 2012 03:28 AM


Originally Posted by borealis (Post 72908)

the splotch on the head is dead on. I'm almost certain the yellow was under the tail, not on top of it. When the bird flicked its tail up and the yellow jumped out I was like "whoa".

Teshi 1st December 2012 03:29 AM

I just googled it and myrtle warblers and yellow-rumped warblers are the same thing :rofl: Or rather, myrtle warblers are a type of yellow-rumped warbler

Teshi 1st December 2012 03:47 AM

The under-tail thing made me think palm warbler, but they don't have yellow on the crowns of their heads, just around the eyes

borealis 1st December 2012 04:19 AM

whatbird.com's list of birds with yellow. Take a look ob, see if you can spot your visitor.


oblivion 1st December 2012 04:23 AM

the myrtle warbler looks closer than anything in that list. Maybe I'll see it again in the next day or two and get a better idea about where the yellow splotches are.

borealis 1st December 2012 04:44 AM

Almost all warblers (and many other birds) are promiscuous little buggers who merrily interbreed with species close to them. So you may have seen a myrtle/yellow-rumped warbler X some other warbler with more yellow underneath. Also there are variants of many warbler species.

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