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Southern Grey Shrike, Morocco

Southern Grey Shrike

Southern Grey Shrike Morocco

Several years ago we visited Morocco and fell in love with the country. It is a land of great contrasts and beauty, and we found the people to be friendly and welcoming. During our tour, we visited many wonderful and beautiful places. One of those places was the Sahara Desert. It did not disappoint. Over recent weeks, I have posted a few of the bird photos I took at the time.

The highlight of our visit to the desert was a camel ride into the Sahara on sunset. This was on Christmas Eve, so it certainly was a Christmas with a difference and certainly one to remember. We slept in a Berber tent in the desert overnight. The next morning – Christmas Day – we rode back to a local hotel where we had a late breakfast. While we were eating I managed some good photos of several local bird species. You can read about them here and here and here.

Today I feature another bird species seen at that location, the beautiful Southern Grey Shrike. This bird posed cooperatively for me on a light fitting just a few metres from where we were sitting. I love it when the birds pose like that – so considerate of them. This species, a member of the shrike family of birds, is found in northern Africa (except in the heart of the Sahara), Spain and through to Pakistan and India in the east. It is a passerine bird of medium size. It eats rodents, insects and will even take small birds as a part of its diet.

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Southern Grey Shrike Morocco

Southern Grey Shrike Morocco

Southern Grey Shrike Morocco

Southern Grey Shrike Morocco

Southern Grey Shrike Morocco

Southern Grey Shrike Morocco

 

Happy 10th Birthday to Trevor’s Birding

Happy Birthday to Trevor’s Birding.

10 years old today.

Goodness, how the years have flown since my very first post on this site. That was actually on a different platform and has been updated several times over the years.

A few statistics

  • A total of 1668 articles about birds and birding
  • Well over 5300 comments from my readers
  • Several thousand photos shown
  • Visitors from over 200 countries and territories
  • Over a million pageviews from well over half a million visitors

Travels

Wherever I travel I take my camera, binoculars, notebook and field guide and fit in times of birding (bird watching) and bird photography whenever I can. On many occasions I also go out and about near my home for the deliberate purpose of birding. On my return home I then enjoy writing on this site about the birds I have seen and sharing the best of my photos. Some of these travels take me to other states in Australia as well, especially when we visit family in Sydney, and friends in other places.

Archives

Some of my readers may not be aware of the many hundreds of articles in my archives – 1668 articles to be precise – and growing every few days with new articles. These can be accessed via the button at the top of each page and range from the most recent to the very first article. Here is a treasure trove of writing about birds.

Contents

Another way of accessing articles on specific areas of interest is via the Contents on the side bar, including

Categories and search

Another way of searching for specific information on this site it to use the search facility (in the top right hand corner of each page). Just type in what you are looking for – you might be surprised what comes up. The categories section on the sidebar is another area where you can search for articles on a particular species or topic. If all that doesn’t work, try the contact form – also at the top of each page. Send your questions to me via email and I will reply as soon as I can, noting that there will be a delay if I am busy out birding and away from my computer.

Comments

Every article has a comments section and I would love to have many more. The 5300 comments so far are just the beginning. Just remember that they are moderated, and I reserve the right not to accept, or delete, or even edit comments, so keep them civil and in good taste. Children often read the articles here.

Photos

Over the years I have shared many photos here, with many more to come. Today, however, I decided to share a few of my favourite ones (see below).

Enjoy.

And keep coming back for more.

Good birding.

Trevor

 

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Crested Pigeon

Female Galah, Laratinga Wetlands

Female Galah, Laratinga Wetlands

Male Variegated Fairy-wren

Male Variegated Fairy-wren

Musk Lorikeets

Musk Lorikeets

Hey Duck! Look here!

Pacific Black Duck, Laratinga Wetlands, Mt Barker

Pacific Black Duck, Laratinga Wetlands, Mt Barker

The Pacific Black Duck is a common bird in many parts of Australia. Wherever there is a dam, pond, lake, wetland, swamp, river, estuary or other body of water the observant birder will often see this species, frequently in large numbers. Many tend to overlook this species because they are so common, but I love to photograph them whenever I get the chance. I guess, to be honest, I just like taking photographs of birds.

On a recent birding visit to the Laratinga Wetlands in Mt Barker, South Australia, this Pacific Black Duck was resting on the wooden walkway over one of the ponds. I zoomed my camera lens in to get a good shot but it kept looking the other way. I tried asking it to turn my way but it generally ignored me. Eventually it sort of looked towards me – see the photo below – but wasn’t  really interested in becoming the next big photographic star on the web.

Can’t say I blame it. It was freezing cold that morning. It was probably just trying to get warm in the early morning sun.

I will post more photos from from this site of more cooperative birds in the coming days.

Good Birding.

Trevor

Pacific Black Duck, Laratinga Wetlands, Mt Barker

Pacific Black Duck, Laratinga Wetlands, Mt Barker

 

Laratinga Wetlands, Mt Barker, South Australia

Laratinga Wetlands, Mt Barker, South Australia

Laratinga Wetlands, Mt Barker, South Australia

One of the best places for birding near my home is the Laratinga Wetlands on the eastern edge of Mt Barker in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. It is just over a half hour drive from my home. I have featured birds from this spot on a number of occasions in the past – you can access them by using the search facility above.

While these wetlands are actually the sewage treatment works for the town of Mt Barker, the area is very pleasant and well landscaped. The treated water comes out in the final pond as reusable for local irrigation purposes. The various ponds have wide, flat walking and cycling tracks around them with plenty of seats to rest and just watch the birds. Hundreds of nearby resident use these paths daily for walking, jogging or cycling and many of them also use the barbecue and picnic facilities.

I’m not going to write about the many birds seen here; I will keep that for the coming days. Instead, I am just going to show some photos taken on a recent visit.

Good Birding.

Trevor

Laratinga Wetlands, Mt Barker, South Australia

Picnic area, Laratinga Wetlands, Mt Barker, South Australia

Laratinga Wetlands, Mt Barker, South Australia

Picnic area, Laratinga Wetlands, Mt Barker, South Australia

Laratinga Wetlands, Mt Barker, South Australia

Reflections, Laratinga Wetlands, Mt Barker, South Australia

 

Birding at Mannum South Australia

Over recent posts here I have written about a trip we went on after a visit to Adelaide for a medical appointment. We travelled home via Gorge Road, Gumeracha, Birdwood and on to Mannum for lunch. Mannum is about a half hour drive north of our home in Murray Bridge and is also situated on the banks of the Murray River.

After buying our lunch at the local bakery – excellent food, by the way – we drove the short distance to the other end of town, stopping at Lions Park on the wetlands area next to the local caravan park. This is a lagoon which is usually full of water from the adjacent main part of the river. On most occasions I find that this is quite a suitable birding area with a good variety of both water-birds and local bush birds.

As I wrote in my last post I had forgotten to bring my camera with on this trip, something I rarely forget. Consequently I had to be content with sightings using my binoculars and not get too excited about potential photos. It wasn’t long before I was really regretting my oversight regarding the camera.

As we ate our delicious lunch a colourful male and female Superb Fairy-wren came hopping across the grass only a few metres in front of our car. They would have provided me with some wonderful shots, but that was not to be.

A few moments later – as if to taunt me even further – an Australian Reedwarbler came out of the reeds nearby and it also began hopping around on the grass only metres in front of the car. Over the years I have struggled to get good shots of this bird. One hears them wherever there are reeds but one only ever catches glimpses of them scurrying from one patch to another. They don’t seem to want to stop and pose in full view and in good light so my camera can do its work. To see one hopping around in plain view was just taunting me. Never mind – I will return!

All in all it was a quite productive hour of birding. Here is a list of my sightings:

  • Australian Reedwarbler
  • Superb Fairy-wren
  • Crested Pigeon
  • House Sparrow
  • Peaceful Dove
  • Galah
  • Purple Swamphen
  • Eurasian Coot
  • Little Black Cormorant
  • White-plumed Honeyeater
  • New Holland Honeyeater
  • Masked Lapwing
  • Whistling Kite
  • Australian Pelican
  • Silver Gull
  • Noisy Miner
  • Pacific Black Duck
  • Grey teal
  • Red Wattlebird
  • Australian Magpie
  • Little Corella
  • Welcome Swallow
  • Little Grassbird
  • Caspian Tern
  • Little Raven
  • Magpie Lark
  • Willie Wagtail
  • Striated Pardalote
  • Black-tailed Native Hen
  • Red-rumped Parrot

I must go back again some time soon – and try to remember my camera.

Good birding

Trevor