The Black Skimmer – The Graceful Flier…

The Black Skimmer – The Graceful Flier… ~ by a j mithra The Black Skimmer, Rynchops niger, is a tern-like seabird, one of three very similar birds species in the skimmer family. It breeds in North and South America. Northern populations winter in the warmer waters of the Caribbean and the tropical and subtropical Pacific … Continue reading

Ian’s Bird of the Week – White-rumped/Australian Swiftlet

Ian’s Bird of the Week – White-rumped/Australian Swiftlet ~ by Ian Montgomery Newsletter ~ 6-22-10 Swifts, true to their name, are a challenge to photograph but these White-rumped/Australian Swiftlets (more about names later) were feeding low over of a group of smallish trees, which helped. These tiny birds (11-12cm/4.3-4.7in in length) are resident in Australia … Continue reading

Goldcrests and Kinglets – Regulidae Family

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. (James 1:12 NKJV) Goldcrests and Kinglets – Regulidae Family The Regulidae Family is in the Passeriformes Order (Songbirds). The kinglets or crests are a small … Continue reading

White-eyes – Zosteropidae Family

I find the White-eyes fascinating little birds that have such a neat visible eye. The Lord has created another bird kind that has been obeying the command that it was given. So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged … Continue reading

Macaw – The Beautician

Macaw – The Beautician – by a j mithra Geophagy, or the phenomenon of eating mineral bound clay is not exclusive to macaws. Even Australian Cockatoos have been documented to seek out clay for medicinal and remedial purposes. Over the centuries the ancients have known of the healing properties of the so-called, edible clays. Civilizations … Continue reading

Ian’s Bird of the Week – Silver-crowned Friarbird

Ian’s Bird of the Week – Silver-crowned Friarbird ~ by Ian Montgomery Last week, we had the splendid Palm Cockatoo at Mungkan Kandju National Park. On the way home, I spent the night at Musgrave, Cape York Peninsula, so that I could look for Golden-shouldered Parrots at Artemis Station where the owners, the Shephards, have … Continue reading

Montserrat Oriole – The Super Survivor

Montserrat Oriole – The Super Survivor ~ by a j mithra A British led expedition has discovered one of the world’s rarest species of bird surviving yards from the crater of the volcano that devastated the Caribbean island of Montserrat four years ago. Led by a scientist from the Royal Society for the Protection of … Continue reading