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Welcome Swallow.6951 by DPasschier
Welcome Swallow.6951
The welcome swallow is a small size bird and is fast-flying. Their flying style is circular in pattern with swift darting motions. They have graceful shape and flight, moreover they often fly singly, in couples or in clusters.[7] The welcome swallow is metallic blue-black above, light grey below on the breast and belly, and rusty on the forehead, throat and upper breast. It has a long forked tail, with a row of white spots on the individual feathers. These birds are about 15 cm (5.9 in) long, including the outer tail feathers which are slightly shorter in the female. The welcome swallow's weight is about 9-20g. From the Gould collection in Tasmania a “natural size” male had a wing size of 11.1 cm, tail size of 7.4 cm, and a culmen of 0.7 cm. While the female has 10.9 cm wings, a 6.25 cm tail, and a culmen of 0.7 cm.[8] The call is a mixture of twittering and soft warbling notes, and a sharp whistle in alarm. However, their call is normally quiet and does not carry very far.[7]

Welcome swallows have a very large distributional range because they are a cross regional species.[7] Welcome swallows live mostly in the eastern, western, southern and central Australia. The welcome swallows that live in eastern Australia move to northern Australia in winter. The welcome swallows that live in Western Australia and others live in New Zealand almost are not migratory.[11] This swallow species has been observed nesting in the majority of New Zealand and its surrounding islands, Australia and some parts of Tasmania.[12] Currently, this species has been recorded in New Guinea, New Caledonia and other surrounding islands. The distribution of the welcome swallow also depends on seasonal change. During the winter, the welcome swallow in Australia will move towards the north which places it closer to the equator and warm weather. For the following spring, they will return to the southern Australia to breed.[11]

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Anyone else like to photograph birds? I thought it would be fun if we could share some bird photos!

here's some of mine. comments are welcomed and returned.
White-Faced Heron.4896 by DPasschier  Nankeen Kestrel.4602 by DPasschier  Crimson Rosella.3984 by DPasschier  Scrubwren. by DPasschier  
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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Journal Entry: Fri Mar 14, 2008, 11:04 PM
My Own Favorites

               Blue Horizon by DPasschier Point Of View by DPasschier Cold Steel by DPasschier
               Crossing by DPasschier Parked by DPasschier Mudcake 2 by DPasschier
               Shearing Shed by DPasschier 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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                Agent Smith by Tbopi What is zis? by Tbopi Arcanine by Tbopi
                Donald Duck in MS Paint by Tbopi Large Body Heartless by Tbopi Donald Duck in MS Paint 4 by Tbopi


Sleepy heads by TPBug Cooper by TPBug Its a pony by TPBug                         
  Bloom by TPBug



Sid Napping by Elfedward Goose by Elfedward
Evil Queen 8 v.2 by Elfedward Soft Petals by Elfedward Tile Roof by Elfedward



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Gimme Coffee by Sadiya ::Insomniac Stamp:: by Sora05 Addicted To Music - Stamp by JWiesner Nikon by Krolikus Dpasschier Stamp by rhin-sowilo Electronic Dance Music stamp by TheBourgyman Stamp.01 by SydneySyders I Love The Rain by WearwolfaaArt Is My Life stamp by Birthstone
  • Listening to: Trance
  • Drinking: Coffee


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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for the llama!
DPasschier Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015
You're welcome :)
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Happy Bday to you by KmyGraphic
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Thank you :)
mecengineer Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
Happy Birthday
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Thank you :)
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DPasschier Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
Thank you :)
WagmoreBarkless Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I thank you, and Sal, the leader (or Dali Llama) of my very cute herd of llamas thanks you for the llama!Heart
 Lama3 by WagmoreBarkless
DPasschier Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
Thank you :)
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