Bird Photography Challenge #59: Hoary-headed Grebe

The Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus) gets its name from the silvery-white streaking on its dark head.  Although common, it is easily alarmed and dives out of sight if any danger approaches.  This together with its small size makes it a tricky subject to photograph, just perfect for our #59 Bird Photography Challenge. What does it…

Golden-headed Cisticola on thistle head

Bird Photography Challenge #56: Golden-headed Cisticola

A diminutive little bird attracted my attention recently at the wetlands among some reeds.  I could hear it before I actually saw it.  It was a new find for me: a Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis).  This little warbler is the star of our #56 Bird Photography Challenge. What does it look like? The Golden-headed Cisticola…

Bird Photography Challenge #55: Willy Wagtail

No prize for guessing what the Willy Wagtail (Rhipidura  leucophrys) owes its name to: the habit of wagging its tail from side to side when foraging on the ground.  This best known of Australian fantails is the bold and cheeky subject of our #55 Bird Photography Challenge. What does it look like? The largest of…

Galah in flight, Lake Borrie

Bird Photography Challenge #47: Galah

With a high pitch screech, and a bold and loud behaviour, the Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) is unmistakable. This familiar and widespread member of the cockatoo family, also known as rose-breasted cockatoo, is the colourful subject of our #47 Bird Photography Challenge. What does it look like? With its distinctive pink and grey plumage, this species…