Caversham Wildlife Park

Barking owl

Caversham Wildlife Park – Barking owl

This week’s pictures are of captive birds.  We had an outing over the Easter break to Caversham WIldlife Park, mainly to see the koalas and wombats.  I had no idea how big it was or how much there was to see and do there.  As well as all the marsupials there were lots of native birds on show.

Sooty owl

Sooty owl

 

 

In one of the ‘meet and greet’ sessions there were owls and ‘parroty types’.  Feel free to correct me if I’ve identified them wrongly.

Frogmouth

Frogmouth

 

 

 

 

I love being stared out by owls.  This one is a frogmouth.  I’m still not entirely sure whether a frogmouth is an owl or not.

Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo

 

 

 

 

 

Electus Parrot

Electus Parrot

 

 

 

 

 

The parrots and cockatoos were entertaining as ever – so intelligent and playful.

 

Upside down
Upside down

 

 

 

 

 

They  were keen not to be out-done by the wombat and were showing off their best moves for us.

Masked Lapwing

Masked Lapwing

 

 

 

Then outside there were enclosures with birds from different states.

 

Bush stone-curlew

Bush stone-curlew

 

 

 

 

 

This stone-curlew was fairly well hidden until it started to stand up.  If it hadn’t moved I may have missed it.

 

 

 

I couldn’t end without showing the cutest marsupial of the day.  It’s called a bettong – a tiny, tiny kangaroo.  It was surrounded by visitors, but just fell asleep, upside down, in the arms of its keeper.  With his feet in the air, he quite happily slept through the action as all the visitors gently stroked his tummy.

Sleepy head

Sleepy head

 

Now Football Celebrities at the Mall

My last post was about the surprise appearance of Birds of Prey at the local shops.  When I went yesterday, I got to meet  a local football star – and even stroke him!

Auzzie - The Wedge-Tailed Eagle

Auzzie – West Coast Eagles Mascot

 

Meet Auzzie, the Wedge-Tailed Eagle.  Auzzie is a mascot for the Weat Coast Eagles.  (For international readers, it’s the AFL equivalent to Manchester United.)  Auzzie even has his own facebook page.  I stood in line to stroke Auzzie  (- average age of those in queue, roughly 10 I’d say).  It was mainly to get a close up photo though.  That was difficult as he wasn’t keen to keep his head still as he was turning to look all around him.  However the photo much better than my previous best attempt.  This eagle was flying over woodland about an hour’s drive away.  Not a very sharp picture, but great to identify him.  You can easily see his tail shape.

Wedge Tailed Eagle - Australian Bird of Prey

Wedge Tailed Eagle – Australian Bird of Prey

This time I spoke to the keepers of these lovely birds who are very helpful and extremely knowledgable.  They are from the Western Australian Birds of Prey Centre, wabirdsofprey.com, and they give these talks to all sorts of groups (schools, guides and scouts etc).

Sooty Owl - Australian Bird of Prey

Sooty Owl – Australian Bird of Prey

Barking Owl - Australian Bird of Prey

Barking Owl – Australian Bird of Prey

 

This time I also got to see a Barking Owl and a Sooty Owl which was great as I haven’t seen either before.

 

 

 

The picture quality isn’t too bad given that they were taken on a very old mobile phone.  The biggest lesson for me from this week is ‘Always take a camera to the supermarket’.

Sooty Owl - Australian Bird of Prey

Sooty Owl – Australian Bird of Prey