Australian Botanical Gardens, Mount Annan 22/08/2015

August 25, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

This weeks blog is a walk thought the shots taken last weekend in the Australian Botanical Garden's Mount Annan, The first shot was right at the entrance to the gardens a a Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaries) was punched on one of the first pine trees at the main entrance tot eh gardens, It didn't seam to worried about the passing cars, just sitting there watching. I got out and got this shot, then moved closer for a closer shot, however as I moved closer two Noisy Miners came along to harass it and see it on its way.  These kites have these amazing orange eyes. They certainly stand out against the white feathers.
 


 

This little female Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) was at the first lake in the gardens in the reed beds singing for all its worth, this shot caught it in mid tweet, This shots heavily cropped in so not the best quality here.
 

 

 


 

Next I drove up to the woodland area and the Stolen generation walk and as I approached the first dam there was this Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) drying out from an earlier dip in the dam there.
 

 

 


 

 

 

It didn't seam to mind me as I walked around so I managed to get this closer shot as well before I continued my walk.
 


 

Along the track in the woodlands high up in the trees I spotted this Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) ,The males are quite brightly coloured and the red beak and eye certainly add to the colouring against the Olive head. Later on I found a female but that shot will come later.
 

 

 


 

 

 

This little Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans) was also hanging around hunting for insects about the woodland area. These are often spotted here of late.
 


 


 

This ones of a Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica) there was a pair of these about in the area. I heard this one well before I saw them I kept hearing it but couldn't find them eventually I found them. This ones the female.
 


 

 


 

I then drove up to the Wollemi walk of Discovery to see if I could find any Mushrooms this week, another dry week there so they have been in short supply of late, (That should change after all the rain we've had here the last few days, yesterday I recorded 57mm of rain in the rain gauge here so that should be good for a spurt of mushrooms this weekend). As I was about to enter the walk I found this male Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus). The males are a lot more timid than the females so can never get close enough to these for a decent shot, So more work required on these.
 


 

 


 

Mushroom wise for the week was again a poor week with only two found and they were certainly worse for wear. This was the best of the two. Hoping for better results this weekend with all the rain we've had here the last few days.
 


 

After that I went on to the connections gardens to see what was around there I found a pair of Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) bouncing around. These are brightly colours and for a nest they actually burrow into the ground usually on a bank or mound or into a rock wall.
 


 

We'll that's it for this weeks shots, Hopefully more mushrooms about next week and with the warmer weather the bird life seams to be coming back.
 

Thanks for dropping by my Blog.
 


 

Glenn.
 


 


 


 


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