Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo Feeding on Coastal Banksia

I never knew I would be videoing a Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo feeding in a Coastal Banksia tree, it was just pure luck.
The truth is I had decided to take the morning off work and go for a surf. The old red Ford was in for repairs and I had to walk to the beach.
I decided to walk along the river to the ocean. I packed my bag and threw in my trusty little camera just in case.
Honestly I just can’t help myself, and new if I did not take a camera at all, a moment just like this could appear at any time.
And of course it did. I was literally only 50 metres from the North Haven river surf break when I heard the distinct call of the Black Cockatoo.
I got as close as I could to the family, but unfortunately one of the parents took the juvenile Cockatoo deeper in the brush where they could not be seen.
One of the parents stayed out to feed on the Coastal Banksia seed and I was able to capture the video above. It was my first time ever to capture this beautiful bird on camera, and I look forward hopefully to many more!

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Marty Ware

Information:  Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo Wikipedia

The Magical Australia Kingfisher Photoshoot

My daughter Karin and I went out on a well planned weekend, Okkaland video photography field trip.
But, the day did not come out as planned, or as expected.
Originall we planned to photograph and capture on video a pair of small Corella Cockatoo’s nesting way up high in a hollow gum tree, not far from Sting Ray bridge at North Haven N.S.W, on the mid north east coast.

To arrive at the destination we had decided to walk along the rivers edge path and see if we could capture any photographic moments on the way.
Luckily we did, and came up with some glorious photographs, that not only shocked me, but stunned me by how beautiful they looked when viewed on the computer, see below!

The Great Cormorant overlooking its hunting grounds at North Haven N.S.W Australia on the Camden Haven river.

Photo: This image of the Great Cormorant was taken by daughter Karin at 11 years of age. Who would of ever thought that a black bird of this species could look so beautiful. The black portrays a metallic luminous shine like I have never seen before. Just goes to show what the human eye misses and the camera does not.

On the way we passed through a coastal rain forest  pocket that hugged the river bank and Karin also came up with another photograph of a bird we had never witnessed here in Australia, The Australian Blue Eyed Bush Chicken. Or so we thought!

Only to find out that it really is a Juvenile Satin Bower bird.  Watch out for information online that is either a hoax or incorrect content.  Excuse text on the image. 

Karin spotted this bird about a meter of the ground feeding on some native berries.
She froze like ice and with camera in hand started shooting like a pro,also telling me to keep quiet in the process.

Further along I decided to slow our pace and peer into the river mangroves to see what other magical sites may appear. Again Karin with her eagle eyes yelled out “Kingfisher in the trees” and worked on getting a few photos in before it darted off into the mangrove trees.
I had noticed that it had settled about 50 meters away between two forks in the tree. Time to set up the tripod and video camera.
It was a little dark to get a great shot, but it did sit still long enough for me to capture some footage (see video above). I must admit I was a little over excited as it was the very first time I had ever seen one in the wild.

After it flew off in the search for more food we packed up the shoot and headed for the Cockatoo nest only to find it empty and not a Cocky in site!
Normally I would of been a bit bothered by the fact that the planned shoot was a failure, but it sure turned out to be one magic day that will be locked in my mind forever.

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The Australian Male King Parrot

The Australian Male King Parrot

This stunning crimson red parrot flew down once he saw the free seed on offer on top of the chicken coop.
He seemed to really love it, and it didn’t take long for me him to dig down deep into the container displaying that beautiful fluorescent lime green stripe on his wing.

I have found them to be a little more timid and shy compared to Lorikeets or other parrots.

It was also quite odd to see him on his own, because generally you see them in pairs.

My guess was the female was in the nest nurturing their babies.

I salvaged this photo in my old lap top and just had to share it with you, as I don’t have many photos of the King Parrot.

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Photo: Marty Ware Byron Bay 2015

Australian Lorikeets Fight it Out for Domination

Australian Lorikeets Fight it Out for Domination

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.

See you at the next blog post update.

Marty & Karin


The Australasian Darter Cormorant North Haven NSW

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.

Resource: Do you know your cormorants

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Marty Ware

Australian Kookaburra Camden Haven N.S.W

The great Australian Kookaburra is a part of the King fisher family and loves to eat meat, especially steak.

This bird has been known to swoop down at an Aussie barbecue and steal a piece of steak, or sausage before you know it.

Though they are a part of the King fisher family, this bird is not associated with water and can be found in a tree in the Australian bush to a backyard with trees.

They can also become extremely friendly once they become to know and trust you. I have even given a few a scratch under the chin.

You would think that with that very strong beak they would take your finger of in a bite, but actually they are quite gentle.

There are 4 species of Kookaburra in Australia and can also be found as far north as New Guinea

Photo:  Karin Ware at 10 years of age in the Camden Haven region on the east coast of NSW Australia.
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Learn more from Wikipedia Kookaburra