Black-fronted Dotteril

This bird is sometimes called a Black-fronted Plover. I found it poking along in the muddy edge of a lake at Wooroonook, in Central Victoria, Australia, while I was out camping for the weekend..

It runs along and stops very suddenly. I found it difficult to get it in focus because of all the sudden movement Busy little thing.

For Lisa’s Bird Weekly Challenge. I’m just learning to take photos of birds. I find it so much more difficult when the subject keeps moving!! At least flowers don’t fly off on you when they realise you are there. But there is a great feeling of achievement when I can actually recognise a bird in the shot. I have so much respect for the skills of bird photographers… and I will keep trying to improve mine.

White winged Chough nest

The White Winged Chough builds these amazing mud nests. From a distance these birds look like crows, until they take off in flight. They have very noticeable white flashes on their wings.

They also have amazing red eyes,

And their long curved beaks look mean.

They live together in groups. We found quite a lot of these nesting along a stretch of bush track.

One day I will try to take photos of them when they leave their nests!

Colorful garden visitor

For Bernhard’s Colorful Challenge BUNT

I like to take pictures of birds. I put a bird feeder in my front yard. It’s below left. Look what it attracted. This bird is a special visitor. I made it from fabric. Here it is looking at my roses.

Below is a more detailed look at the bird. The roses are real. The bird is literally, stuffed and colorfully painted.

To see more of my creations click here.

It’s a Darter.

Some call it a snake bird. It’s more accurately called an Australasian Darter.

I love its beak. It’s like a spear and I wouldn’t like to be a fish in its path.

It looked impressive when it spread its wings and took to flight.

Here’s one a little further along the creek. It was eating in a quiet little spot. They spear their fish and eat underwater. This one stayed under the water for a long time. You can see with their long necks that stick out of the water, why they are referred to as snake birds.

Bee-Eater

This tiny little bird is absolutely beautifully colored. It is called a Rainbow Bee-eater. The colors are intense, especially when it flies. I’m sill to take a picture of it in flight. It moves really quickly.

Red Rumped Parrot

Taking photographs of birds is not easy! I had a lovely day today, trying to photograph birds. I learnt a lot and learnt that I have lots more to learn…

Here are some photos of this Red Rumped Parrot. I find it difficult to find the birds in the lens, let alone focus the shot. But at least I can recognise this bird now. He’s got a red patch on his rump.