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Crimson Rosella.3984 by DPasschier
Crimson Rosella.3984
The crimson rosella (Platycercus elegans) is a parrot native to eastern and south eastern Australia which has been introduced to New Zealand and Norfolk Island. It is commonly found in, but not restricted to, mountain forests and gardens. The species as it now stands has subsumed two former separate species, the yellow rosella and the Adelaide rosella. Molecular studies show one of the three red-coloured races, var. nigrescens is genetically more distinct.

Crimson rosellas forage in trees, bushes, and on the ground for the fruit, seeds, nectar, berries, and nuts of a wide variety of plants, including members of the Myrtaceae, Asteraceae, and Rosaceae families. Despite feeding on fruits and seeds, rosellas are not useful to the plants as seed-spreaders, because they crush and destroy the seeds in the process of eating them.[10] Their diet often puts them at odds with farmers whose fruit and grain harvests can be damaged by the birds, which has resulted in large numbers of rosellas being shot in the past. Adelaide rosellas are known to feed on dormant cherry flower buds.[11] Rosellas will also eat many insects and their larvae, including termites, aphids, beetles, weevils, caterpillars, moths, and water boatmen.[12]



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Nankeen Kestrel.4602 by DPasschier
Nankeen Kestrel.4602
The Australian kestrel or nankeen kestrel (Falco cenchroides) is one of the smallest falcons, and unlike many, does not rely on speed to catch its prey. Instead, it simply perches in an exposed position, but it also has a distinctive technique of hovering over crop and grasslands. This bird is thought to be a very close relative of the common kestrel, and probably also the spotted kestrel. It seems to have evolved of ancestral common kestrels dispersing to the Australian region in the Middle Pleistocene—less than 1 million years ago—and adapting to local conditions

A small, slim falcon (about 31 to 35 centimetres or 12 to 14 inches long), the nankeen kestrel is rufous or brown above and white or off-white below, with a black tail tip. Plumage varies considerably in detail, and some birds can look very scruffy, but the slim build, small size and distinctive straight-winged hovering habit make identification easy. It can be seen in Western Australia on coastal cliffs and windy conditions. Also seen on phone lines and power lines. (The only other Australasian raptors to hover are the elanid kites which are much lighter in colour and a little larger, and the brown falcon, which is much larger and more heavily built, and hovers only with difficulty). Altogether, it looks just like a pale, less patterned, and smaller derivate of the common kestrel, which it indeed is (see Gloger's Rule, Bergmann's Rule).


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White-Faced Heron.4896 by DPasschier
White-Faced Heron.4896

The adult white-faced heron is relatively small, pale blue-grey. The forehead, crown, chin and upper throat are white. The crown pattern is variable, with the white occasionally spreading down the neck; the variability makes identification of individuals possible.[2] The iris may be grey, green, dull yellow or cinnamon.[2] The regions between the eye and bill on the side of the head (lores) are black. The beak is black and often pale grey at the base.[2] During the breeding season pinkish-brown or bronze nuptial plumes appear on the foreneck and breast, with blue-grey plumes appearing on the back.[8]

The adult typically weighs 550 g[9] and ranges from 60–70 cm in height.[10]

The white-faced heron is found throughout most of Australasia, including New Guinea, the islands of Torres Strait, Indonesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, the islands of the Subantarctic, and all but the driest areas of Australia. The species is now resident on Christmas Island but has not yet been recorded breeding there. It is also commonly found on Lombok, Flores and Sumbawa,[2] and has appeared as a vagrant in China,[11] the Cocos Islands and the Solomon Islands.[12] It is mostly a winter visitor to the Northern Territory.[3] It was self-introduced to New Zealand in the late 1940s.[9] It is the only heron recorded breeding in Tasmania.[8]

The white-faced heron is locally nomadic and found in both fresh and salty wetlands, farm dams, pastures, grasslands, crops, shores, saltmarsh, tidal mudflats, boat-harbours, beaches, golf courses, orchards or in garden fish-ponds.[3] It is protected in Australia under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.Immature birds are paler grey with only the throat white,[3] and often have a reddish colour on the underparts.[10] Chicks are typically covered with grey down.[2]



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Scrubwren. by DPasschier
Scrubwren.
The white-browed scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis) is a passerine bird found in coastal areas of Australia. Placed in the family Pardalotidae in the Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy, this has met with opposition and indeed is now known to be wrong; they rather belong to the independent family Acanthizidae.

The White-browed Scrubwren is a drab bird which inhabits the dense undergrowth in many different habitats. Although scrubwrens are wary and alert, they are often inquisitive and easily called up from the dense vegetation, with one or more birds appearing briefly in the open to scold loudly at the intruder. They are also remarkably sedentary, often remaining in the same patch of vegetation. Because of these traits, they have been the subject of many studies on almost every aspect of their ecology, and over 30,000 scrubwrens have been banded.

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Straw-Necked Ibis. by DPasschier
Straw-Necked Ibis.

Straw-necked ibises are found throughout Australia, except parts of Western Australia, South Australia, and south-west Tasmania. They are most abundant on the east coast, and also inhabit Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island

Straw-necked ibises are large birds, around 60–75 cm (24–30 in) long. They have dark wings that show an iridescent, multicoloured sheen in sunlight, and have a dark back and collar. Most of the neck is white, as are the underparts and undertail. They have a long, black, downcurved bill, and their legs are usually red near the top and dark grey toward the feet. Straw-like feathers on the neck of adults give the bird its common name.[2]

Sexes are similar, although males have longer bills and females have a dark band across their upper breast. Juveniles have duller colors and shorter bills with less curvature, and lack the straw-like plumes on the neck.


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               Crossing by DPasschier Parked by DPasschier Mudcake 2 by DPasschier
               Shearing Shed by DPasschier 8:00.pm by DPasschier I See Red by DPasschier Event Horizon by DPasschier
                   Tess by DPasschierCorner Stone by DPasschierBalance by DPasschierWatch Your Step by DPasschier              
                Woman by DPasschier The Early Bird Gets... by DPasschier Woman 3 by DPasschier
                 Bloodsports 2 by DPasschier Strattons Hotel by DPasschier Bloodsports 1 by DPasschier

               Blue Wren by DPasschier





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                Donald Duck in MS Paint by Tbopi Large Body Heartless by Tbopi Donald Duck in MS Paint 4 by Tbopi





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Sleepy heads by TPBug Cooper by TPBug Its a pony by TPBug                         
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printsILike Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconthumbsupplz:...thanks for the :iconllama3dplz:
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JUMBOLA Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers for the Llama 2!!!!!!
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JRD-artistry Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the llama and the fave Dick!
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DPasschier Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
You're welcome.
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome to :iconzoo-photographers:!  We're glad you've chosen to join our group!

Our group is dedicated to featuring animals found in the zoos, animal parks, and aquariums around the world!  You can submit two photos a week into our theme folders, which change every two weeks.  Right now we're on predators! :) (Smile)

You can also submit one photo a week to our feature folder, a great way to show off your absolute best shots! Star!

We look forward to your submissions! Heart
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Eruanna17 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for joining :iconbirds-and-blooms: Birds-And-Blooms

We're happy for your membership and hope you enjoy the group!! If you have any questions, please see our FAQ's or feel free to send us a note!!

We've included important links below that will help you navigate the group easily!


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Jassy2012 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Welcome by KmyGraphic to our group :iconbig-animal-farm:

Our Stuff and me are so happy about that

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Jassy2012 Founder Hug
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DPasschier Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
Thank you :)
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Jassy2012 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
 Forget Me Not    Nanoemo 06 By A Kid At Heart-d6t by 4LadyLilian  Butterfly Love By Nina1love1-d4z1f82 by 4LadyLilian
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Kaizoku-hime Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the Llama! great photography you got here :heart:
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