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Portraits of birds taken in and around Oaky. Please note that thumbnails link to large files. Chris has written notes about each of the local birds and these follow the thumbnails.

Quail Thrush
Fairy Wren
Spotted Partelote
Spotted Quail Thrush
Superb Fairy Wren
Tawny Frogmouth
Varied Sittella
Variegated Fairywren
Wedge-tailed Eagle
White-browed Scrubwren
White-throated Needletail
Yellow Rumped Thornbill
Cockatoo Cockatoos        
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos in flight


Spotted Partalote

A tiny pretty bird, rarely seen on the ground or low down in the trees. It does have a distinctive tinkling voice that once heard will help find them. Common around Oaky.


Spotted Quail Thrush

Classified as a rare bird, this puts it in company of maybe ten birds around Australia having only a couple of thousand pairs left in the wild. Found at altitude, on the ground, in dry forest areas. They are rare but I have seen them on the road up from Jenolan Caves and a pair on the track only 50 meters from Oaky. Note the camouflage.


Superb Fairy-wren

Common and this male is resplendent in his summer breeding plumage. Poor flyers they feed in the open but stay close to undergrowth. The female is recognized as the most promiscuous female bird on the planet, regularly mating with 8+ partners. I am not sure from an evolutionary perspective why some birds mate for life (Parrots and Crows) and some shop around. I guess it takes all sorts.


Tawny Frogmouth

Common but difficult to spot during the day as they freeze and look just like a branch of the tree they roost on.


Varied Sittella

An active little bird and a tree creeper found pecking on the bark of trees in its search for grubs.


Variegated Fairy-wren

Similar to the Superb Fairy although I don’t think the female puts out as much.


Wedge-tailed Eagle

A magnificent eagle and Australia’s largest raptor. In fact the third largest eagle worldwide. Just shaded by North America’s Bald Eagle and Africa’s Marshal Eagle. This one was photographed riding a thermal near Oaky.


White-browed Scrubwren

Another LBJ. If you hear sounds from the undergrowth like a machine gun or footy rattle it will almost certainly be on of these little jobbies.


White-throated Needletail

A magnificent aerialist and summer migrant from N. Asia. Seen at 2000m above the Aust. Alps clocking speeds of 130 kph. A large Swift with crescent wings and fine, short needle like feathers at end of tail, often seen in flocks of 30 or more feeding on rising insects during unsettled and thundery weather. Almost impossible to photograph!


Yellow-rumped Thornbill

The last of the LBJ’s. Yellow rump and often seen feeding on the ground.


Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

An uncommon but handsome Cockatoo but often seen around Kanangra Walls in quite large flocks. Distinctive loping flight and mournful, high, keening “eeeeeee-yaaah” call. Feeds on native pine cones and their grubs. You can see them most days at Centennial Park in the pines behind the water reservoir, opposite Ocean Street.