19 June 2009

A week around my neighbourhood





An adult Black Crowned Night Heron and a Bullheaded Shrike killing a Tree Sparrow........

Still cloudy every day and as I've been feeling a little unwell this week I just spent my free time checking out the local neighbourhood.

The breeding season is well underway and adults are busily feed ing youngsters everywhere. The young Bullheaded Shrikes and Red Cheeked Starlings have both left their nests......





The adults hang around making sure I'm not up to no good......



And the parents have been bringing food........





The Shrike caught and killed the Tree Sparrow and a a couple of minutes later flew off with the bloody head of its prey in its mouth..........

The Red Cheeked Starlings weren't quite as gruesome......





Whilst checking out some Kingfishers (no pics alas) I noticed this adult Black Crowned Night Heron standing next to the river........



It moved around a little and I shot it from a couple of different angles......





Unfortunately when it actually caught a fish f**kwit here was checking his camera settings and missed his chance.........this is just after it swallowed..........



Will the sun come out soon? I hope so, it's been the gloomiest June I can recall (and I've been here for ten of them).

I've been watching 'Blakes 7' this last week, I just have the very last episode to watch tonight (the one where Avon kills Blake). I suppose the last (and only) time I watched it was when it was originally aired back in the early 80's.

I got buzzed by a Large Billed Crow the other day. They get very aggressive in the breeding season when you walk near their nest. Pairs perch atop houses on either side of the river and call warnings to each other, if you take your eyes off them down they swoop to let you know you're not welcome..............

1 comment:

  1. Some interesting photos! Shrikes really get stuck into smaller birds. We have Butcherbirds in Australia that do the same job. I'm hoping to get some pictures or video of them.

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