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IMG_2843 oz.jpg
APR-2005

IMG_2843 oz.jpg

09-APRIL-05
HERON ISLAND
SILVER EYE
I SPENT MOST OF THE DAY TAKING BIRD PICTURES, THIS SMALL ISLAND IS HOME TO ABOUT 70000 NODDY TERNS
AND BETWEEN 20000 AND 30000 WEDGETAILED SHEARWATERS ALSO CALLED MUTTON BIRDS.
THE YOUNG MUTTONBIRD CHICKS ARE DUG INTO THE GROUND AND SILENT AND INVISIBLE DURING THE DAY TIME BUT AFTER DARK THE PARENTS RETURN TO FEED THE CHICKS AND THE NOISE LEVEL IS IMPRESSIVE.
IT SOUNDS LIKE THOUSANDS OF CATS ARE BEING STRANGLED.IT GETS QUIET AFTER 10:30 PM AND STARTS UP AROUND 4:00 AM WHEN THE PARENTS LEAVE FOR THE DAY. WE DID NOT SLEEP WELL IN THE FIRST NIGHT ON THE ISLAND AS WE HAD NO IDEA WHAT ALL THIS NOISE WAS ABOUT :(
MORE PICTURES ARE HERE
http://www.pbase.com/herb1rm/australia


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Gary Winters13-Apr-2005 04:43
I love this little bird!
Robin Reid13-Apr-2005 03:02
What a cutie pie... fascinating place you have there.
Karen Stuebing12-Apr-2005 10:04
This is such a cute little bird. Great close up shot and detail. I want one. :)
Karen Leaf12-Apr-2005 04:33
Big eyes! Louder voices.
Lucasberg12-Apr-2005 04:09
Sweet shot !
Yvonne12-Apr-2005 02:27
Beautiful capture of the little silvereye! We have them in our garden too.
What an experience with those noisy muttonbirds! Looking forward to more
wonderful photos of Oz birdlife!
laine8212-Apr-2005 00:49
Those mutton birds really need an island all to themselves. The Silvereye is a good capture, Herb.
Jeffery Stahlman12-Apr-2005 00:09
very nicely done
Coleen Perilloux Landry11-Apr-2005 23:47
This is great. I love how he/she is holding on. I never heard cats being strangled and don't think I want to. Enjoy!!
antidote311-Apr-2005 23:33
looks like you are definitely enjoying your time down under. :)
Gayle P. Clement11-Apr-2005 23:21
What a charming description of the sound. Beautiful close-up of the bird.