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Just so small




This is just beautiful




Three wise owls




mmm!






Did the Wedge-tailed Eagle fly to King Island? Or was it stranded when sea levels rose?
Read the full story: sciencealert.com.au/news/20130511-24981.html




Bliss





Why did the chicken cross the road? - Who Cares!





The wind beneath my wings


Me first, no me, no me!

Me First! - no me! - no me!



I know that we're on King Island time but happy Valentines all the same lovey!

I know that we're on King Island time but happy Valentines all the same lovey!




I vote for the pigeon, bit if the bread breaks the sparrow's off.

I vote for the pigeon but if the bread breaks the sparrow's off.




All day long - nag nag nag .......... now SHUTUP!


Bassian Thrush with a broken wing

We felt sorry for this unfortunate Bassian Thrush, he flew into a window; wonder if there is a way of avoiding that without obviously having dirty windows?





Just happened to have the camera handy at the exact moment this Australasian Gannett splashed down, procured it's lunch and exited the water all in one shot.
The question is what type of fish is it?




We thought we had discovered a new species of honey-eater, got really excited until it was pointed out that it's the nectar in the flowers creating that redish orange stain on their upper beak area. - Oh well!




An unusual visitor to King Island, Julie Hofmann with her keen eye and smooth camera reaction snapped this vagrant Sacred Kingfisher in her back yard at Naracoopa. Good shooting Julie!



Well Done!  Well known King Island locals Denis & Peta Klumpp have sacrificed time and spent money and energy to provide all those with an interest in birds to use this beaut hide to view the water birds of Shag Lagoon.
They have even provided binoculars and have furnished interpretation signage. A perfect place for some quite time.



We don't often see a Blue-winged Parrot in these parts, but Margaret Bennett's keen eyes and quick camera caught this one recently. Well done Margaret.




This letter was sent to King Island Tourism and was subsequently nailed onto a post near the entrance of the calcified forest, makes one think there is hope for the up and coming generations.




Two moths recently landed on the flyscreen. I had never seen them before so I tried out the Macro option of the camera and was quite surprised of the moth's beauty.
It's official name is Opodiphthera helena.  

 



I believe the Olive Whistler is either 'anting', dusting, or sunbathing. All amount to pretty much the same thing. Some birds will lie, spread-eagled, over small ants nest, ruffle their feathers, and let the ants crawl in underneath to help remove lice and mites. Alternately, some ruffle around in the dust or fluff out their feathers to allow sunlight to reach their skin. All seem to be trying to reduce the impact of lice and mites  -  John Tongue

It seems to be 'anting' where it is thought that ants are given the opportunity to take mites from the feathers.
I have seen Lewins HE. Eastern Yellow Robin & Magpies do this but when they leave I have seen no obvious ants. But they seem to enjoy it.  -  Chris Charles



Ian Johnson, a keen King Island photographer wants to know why the picture he took of this juvenile Superb Fairy Wren (Elizabethae) is so darn angry, he would be delighted if some one could supply an answer.



If it walks like a duck and quacks like a .... 




Baby Owl - Cute or what!



Again - Cute or what? Baby Porcupine



Mum Otter showing off her baby


























































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