Monday, May 31, 2010

White-Faced Herons

White-Faced Heron (Egretta novaeholandiae), Franklin, Tasmania - 7th May 2010

There are two White-Faced Herons (Egretta novaeholandiae) who live near the Wooden Boat School. These attractive birds are quite wary and startle easily, and I have struggled to get close enough for usable shots. Obviously need a longer lens! They have a visually lumbering flight, which I note was described by Michael Sharland in 1958 as "heavy", in which their body actually moves up and down in relation to their wings as they slowly flap. It's as if normal birds flap their wings, with their body remaining at a constant height, whereas the herons seem to flap their body up and down between their wings just as much as they flap their wings. Nevertheless, they also fly comfortably from one safe place to another, especially when approached. The two regulars have been roosting on a somewhat under-maintained boat along the jetty which extends to the north from the school.

White-Faced Heron (Egretta novaeholandiae), Franklin, Tasmania - 15th May 2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Pacific Black Ducks

Pacific Black Ducks, Anas superciliosa, Franklin, Tasmania - 29th May 2010
Pacific Black Ducks, Anas superciliosa, Franklin, Tasmania - 29th May 2010

The Field Guide says the Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) are "common to abundant". I think that means there are stacks of them. The ducks normally flee when I approach, but these ones were content to stay and preen while I quietly lay down to get a few almost water-level shots of them.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

New Blog to separate the Valley from the Bushwalking

Starting this new blog to post Huon Valley nature items. I think this might usefully separate the river, the swans, the ducks, the herons (see new posts for ducks and herons soon), and all the other things in the valley that I find to photograph or haver about, from the actual bushwalking locations. Previous swan posts available at Mark's Tasmanian Bush Blog. I'll start this blog with one of the nice swan photos from previous posts.