Petroica boodang aka Scarlet Robin
Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park, South Australia – July 19th, 2014
Photo: Aldo Trissi
Thanks to Aldo Trissi for this great shot – The Scarlet Robin has more black on the throat, whereas the similar Flame Robin has a more vivid orangy colour and that colour goes up closer to the beak – This is a male.
Anthochaera carunculata aka Red Wattlebird
Adelaide, South Australia in the front garden of an Eastern hillside suburb – Ocober 18th, 2014
Photo: John Fleming
Article: Michal Dutkiewicz
Wattlebirds are Australian birds from the family known as Honeyeaters. I love the rasping and rattling sounds Wattlebirds make – They are another bird whose characteristic sounds I try to imitate while walking around, along with Magpies, Maned Ducks and others. John Fleming made this observation:
“This bird was regularly seen each morning at about 6:00AM singing from this tree branch. It seemed to be a favoured location to join the morning chorus. Unfortunately just a few short weeks after this photo was taken a red wattle bird was found on the ground nearby. The only redeeming feature was that it appeared to have suffered no trauma so i am hoping it was s case of natural causes.”
Cracticus tibicen aka Australian Magpie
Morialta Conservation Park, South Australia – April 21st, 2014 – in Eucalypt, sunny conditions
To my ear, Australian Magpies have one of the best singing voices of the birds I am familiar with – I always delight in hearing their complex, highly individualistic, very musical carolling.