Of Birds & Beasties 1

Posted on May 27, 2014


As I was going through my photos to move all flower pics to the one folder, I realised how many photos I’ve taken of the various birds and beasties we’ve come across in our travels. So in this post I’ve included the birds and in the next one the beaties.

Willlie Wagtail - Back garden

Willie Wagtail – In Western Australian Aboriginal lore, the Willie Wagtail is a Spirit messenger. They wag their tail like the clappers and have a chirping song. They’re one of my favourite birds – first one I heard after we returned to Australia from the UK.

Australian Brush-Turkey

Australian Brush-Turkey. Protected species, lay their eggs in mounds. One of them chased me through the bush when I was walking on the top of Mt French, Queensland. Nasty looking brute, it was!

Cormorant at dam at Ned’s Bed, a pet motel where we stayed on the mid-north coast of New South Wales

Common eggfly butterfly

Common Eggfly Buttterfly – these are huge with velvety wings, and we used to get heaps when lived halfway up Mt French, in S-E Queensland.

Butcher Bird & Baby at Ned's Bed

Butcher Bird & Baby at Ned’s Bed. Butcher birds have the most beautiful, liquid song which varies along the east coast of Australia according to each family group.

Bryan & Kooka

This baby kookaburra landed beside my husband, had a good look and completely ignored him mum who was going bonkers with worry in a nearby tree.


Two baby kookaburras in our garden at Woodenbong, on the Queensland-New South Wales border. The noise of the babies and parents was deafening until they grew up and flew off.

Galahs on front verge

Galahs – a type of parrot. Renowned as pranksters who love hanging upside down on telephone lines. Joke: to cook a galah boil for 24 hours with a stone. At the end throw away the galah and eat the stone!

White-bellied Sea-Eagle. you'd see quite a few of these over the Nambucca River close to the Indian Ocean. Huge, magnificent bird

Not my photo, but I added it because you’d see quite a few White-Bellied Sea-Eageles over the Nambucca River close to the Indian Ocean. Huge, magnificent birds.

King parrot - male

King Parrot – I didn’t take this photo, but we used to see heaps of King Parrots in our garden in Boonah, South-East Queensland. They were quite tame and you could get quite close.

Kooka on clothesline

Kookaburra on clothes line, Bowraville, mid-north coast of New South Wales


Magpie – has a beautiful, carolling song.

Swallows in St Barnabas Church

Swallows in St Barnabas Church, near Famagusta, North Cyprus

Rainbow Lorikeet on grevillea 1

Rainbow lorikeet on grevillea bush in our garden at Bowraville, mid-north coast, New South Wales, Australia.

Pelican at Port Mcquarie, mid-NSW coast

Pelican on light stand, Port Macquarie, mid-north coast, New South Wales, Australia. Pelicans were rife along this stretch of coastline.

Pelican at Port Maquarie

Pelican on sea at Port Macquarie, mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia.


Tawny Frogmouth which we found trapped between ours and the neighbour’s fence. We released it, I gave it Reiki and my husband fed it some water, and by the next day it had perked up and flown away.

Turquoise-black butterfly on Bryan's hand

Turquoise-black butterfly on my husband’s finger

Wedge-tailed eagle

Wedge-tailed Eagle – we saw these marvellous, magnificent birds on the wheatbelt in Western Australia; in Woodenbong on Qld-NSW border; and at Bowraville on the mid-north coast of NSW, which really was Eagle Central.

Regent Bowerbird

Regent Bowerbird – I didn’t take this photo, but I did get a look at one of these birds as it flew away from our garden and the colours really are striking. Bowerbirds build a bower as a nest, then place brightly coloured trinkets in front (ribbon, clothes pegs, etc.,) to attract a female mate.