Good News and Bad News

Male Rainbow Bee-Eater

Male Rainbow Bee-Eater

It’s time for an update and this week I was going to share good news and bad news.  It’s now renamed Good News and Good News.

Wagtail Chicks Feeding

Wagtail Chicks Feeding

Let’s start with some good news.  The Willie Wagtails who nested outside our house successfully raised 2 chicks who are now announcing themselves noisily in the street every morning.  This is also great news for the dog who was divebombed every time he went for a walk or for a wee.  For the past few months he’s been harassed by magpies, magpie-larks, wattle-birds and wagtails almost every time he’s been for a walk.  Now that the chicks have all left their nests he can walk in peace!

 

Empty Osprey Nest

Empty Osprey Nest

This is how this section was going to read:         Next I have to share some sad news.  Not long after I last posted about the ospreys, I went to take some pictures and see if the eggs had hatched.  All I found was an abandoned nest.  There had been a really bad storm just beforehand.  I can only speculate that it might have been the strong winds that did the damage.  Worse news still, I haven’t seen either of the adults since.  Hopefully they’re fine and I’ll see them soon along the coast.

The great news is that I have now seen the ospreys, mum on the nest and dad perching nearby.  Hopefully they’ve laid a new clutch of eggs and soon I’ll be able to get those long awaited shots of some chicks.

Straw-Necked Ibis

Straw-Necked Ibis

 

This pair of straw-necked ibis have been spending time at Lake Joondalup.  I’m not sure whether they bred this year, but I was really pleased to get this shot of them.  The little specks around them aren’t from a dirty lens – they’re tiny flies!  They were surrounded.

 

 

Pair of Rainbow Bee-Eaters

Pair of Rainbow Bee-Eaters

 

I was out walking recently  and came across this pair of rainbow bee-eaters.  Yet another colourful surprise.  They’re fantastic.  Very colourful in flight but way too fast for me to get a picture.  It’s the first time I’d ever seen one so I was really pleased that they both opted to rest at the same time.

 

My last picture to post is of a young pacific gull.  I don’t think it’s this year’s chick, more likely a couple of years old.  It hangs out with a flock of ordinary seagulls though and not with other pacific gulls.  He looks very out of place next to them since they are bright white and also only half the size.  I’m growing quite fond of him as he regularly turns up on the beach when I go to watch the sunset.  So here it is, on the beach, just before sunset .

Immature Pacific Gull

Immature Pacific Gull