When walking around the rivers and shallow water flats you just may come across the Australian white faced Heron.
It’s an amazing stealth predatory mode makes it an awesome hunter.
I have watched many of the Heron species hunt and each and every time they never sees to amaze me.
I hope to in time document many more birds who live in Australia and share them here in Okkaland
The White-faced Heron is particularly versatile. It can be seen in many different wetland habitats: they occur on reefs, in rock pools and mudflats by the coast, in estuaries and saltmarsh, swamps, rivers, drains and at farm dams; they even occur in pasture and hypersaline wetlands. There they can be seen foraging for a wide range of prey, mostly small aquatic creatures, using various methods, including standing and waiting for their prey, slowly stalking it, frantically dashing after it, or disturbing it by stirring the water with their feet.
You can find out facts more about this amazing bird right here, just remember to return as we are posting daily wonderful photographs and videos right here daily.
The Australian Lorikeet sure is a stunning species, with 7 varieties found throughout the country.
However, they are very territorial, especially in spring and when food is getting scarce. At the moment on the mid north east coast of New South Wales where this footage was taken, this small coastal town of North Haven has almost drought like conditions.
This obviously has slowed up the production of nectar and flower set with the local native trees that they love to feed on.
Before the rain stopped up it was much more common to see them grouping and feeding in larger packs. They were commonly seen with scaly breasted Lorikeets in our yard too!
But at the present moment they seem to be feeding more in pairs. Maybe because it’s spring and they have babies in their nests.
Hopefully some of the young will come and visit us too! My daughter Karin and I are really looking forward to that.
My daughter Karin (aged ten) and I went off on an Aussie adventure down to the river at North Haven on the hunt to capture images, and Australian stories for Okkaland.
Our target was primarily native parrots nesting in the hollow gum trees.
But, Karin kept on insisting that we venture down to the river to photograph and film feeding river birds.
Photo left:Marty Ware(Australasian Darter Cormorant on lift off)
It was a great choice, because once we arrived down at the river we came across a pack of birds feeding on bait fish in the river. Many of the Cormorants had flocked together and were diving deep, coming up each time with a fish in mouth.
I mentioned to Karin that there was a lone Cormorant feeding a long the rock wall and would make a great series of photos.
Photo below:Karin Ware:Australasian Darter Cormorant drying it’s wings and preening its waterproof feathers, before take off.
Karin jumped straight to the challenge capturing as many images as she could. I also saw an opportunity to capture the story in action of my daughter in her element snapping away at the camera like an avid bird photographer twice her age.
Our diligence paid off. She got the photo’s and I filmed a quick story of her photographing “The Australasian Darter Cormorant.”
I hope you enjoy the images and the video here in our blog post. Karin and I will be working hard to not only capture Australian wildlife stories via video and images, but also turn them into really lovely products which you can find in our store.
Below you can also find out more about the Australasian Darter. It sure was a wonderful learning experience for us, now, we know exactly what kind of Cormorant it is too!
Australasian Darter: The other bird species that can be confused with the five species of Cormorant. This species is not found in Tasmania, but across the mainland, its range also mirrors that of the four common cormorant species.
It can be distinguished from the cormorants by its long snake like neck, pointed not “hooked” yellow bill and long dark tail. Adults birds come in two plumage phases – the male is black with a white, lower facial and upper neck streak and dark chestnut neck, the female is black and white, similar to the black and white cormorants, but also has the white, lower facial and upper neck streak in common with the males.
The young begin life pink, then as they age go to white downy chicks and then to grey and white immature birds. All the darters have flesh coloured legs and feet whereas all the cormorants have black legs and feet.