Thursday, May 21, 2015

Brown Thornbill

Another Australian bird, which is also found in Tasmania- the Brown Thornbird ( Acanthiza pusilla ). This insectivorous bird has a melodious call and it was a pleasure watching it hunt for insects.
Could not observe the bird for long- since it disappeared after about 10 minutes. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Grey Teal

A small respite in my schedule gives me a chance to resume my posting of Australian birds. We all associate ducks with water- so when I spotted a duck high up on a tree, I was quite amused. Although I had seen many photographs of ducks on trees, I had never seen one in real life. Well this time it was the Grey Teal ( Anas gracilis ). Another mobile duck,(just like the wandering whistling duck posted earlier) that keeps migrating irregularly, between freshwater lakes- looking for abundant food supply. When it comes to food they are not at all fussy and can eat anything from dry land plants,to insects and their larvae. The bird generally breeds near inland waterways, and nests may be placed on the ground, in rabbit burrows or in tree hollows. Eggs are also laid on the bare floor of the nest site, which are then covered with down (feathers).