On safari-- wildlife and nature photos


Variegated fairy-wren

The first of several pages on Australian birds
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The big...

Emu   Southern cassowary
Emu & Southern cassowary

Emu family
Male emu and chicks. Both the male emu and cassowary, not the female, brood and raise their young.
Above, the Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) and the Southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius), the flightless birds which are Australia's biggest. More photographs of emus can be found in the Outback pages

...and the small

Below, the Yellow-bellied or Olive-backed sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis), a 10-12 cm resident of tropical north Queensland. And even smaller Spotted pardalotes (Pardalotus punctatus), among the country's tiniest birds, photographed in the Adelaide Hills (Mount Lofty Ranges). Slightly bigger, a Striated pardalote (Pardalotus striatus) raids a hanging basket for building material in a suburb in the Hills, and a pair of the same species seems to be courting in Morialta Conservation Park


Female spotted pardalote    Male spotted pardalote     Male spotted pardalote
Spotted pardalotes

Striated pardalote    Striated pardalote    Striated pardalote
Striated pardalotes

Juvenile Striated pardalotes feature in a slideshow of some birds which are frequent visitors to my home garden...honeyeaters and lorikeets are the most common. Click on the image to see the slideshow

The Superb blue wren (Malurus cyaneus) and the Variegated fairy-wren (Malurus lamberti), are two of Australia's 20 species of "wrens"-- fairy-wrens, emu-wrens and grasswrens. The Blue wrens here (below) were photographed in Victoria except for the young male, who was in the Adelaide Hills, and the Variegated were photographed in mid-north South Australia

Superb blue wren    Superb blue wren    Female superb blue wren    Female superb blue wren     Young male superb blue wren

Variegated fairy-wren    Variegated fairy-wren    Female Variegated fairy-wren    Young male Variegated fairy-wren

Singing energetically in low coastal shrubbery in Victoria is a Striated fieldwren (Calamanthus fuliginosus)

Striated fieldwren

Three of the country's robins are the Scarlet robin (Petroica boodang), photographed in the southern Mount Lofty Ranges, the Eastern yellow robin (Eopsaltria australis) , pictured in Victoria, and the Red-capped robin (Petroica goodenovii), photographed in South Australia's north-east mallee

Female Scarlet robin   Scarlet robin   Eastern yellow robin   Eastern yellow robin   Red-capped robin

Eight more little birds are the Diamond firetail (Stagonopleura guttata), photographed in the Adelaide Hills; Red-browed finch or firetail (Neochmia temporalis) and Double-barred finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii)(north-eastern Victoria); the Brown thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla)(central Victoria); the Striated thornbill (Acanthiza lineata) and Yellow-rumped thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa)(north-eastern Victoria); the Golden-headed cisticola (Cisticola exilis)(coastal Victoria); and the Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis), photographed on South Australia's south-central coast

Diamond firetail  Red-browed finch  Double-barred finch   Brown thornbill  Striated thornbill  Yellow-rumped thornbill  Golden-headed cisticola  Silvereye

More Australian birds: Parrots    Raptors    Honeyeaters & others    Waterbirds
or go straight to Kangaroo Island, the Adelaide Hills, the River Murray, the Outback, Victoria or Papua New Guinea

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