Enjoying Jawbone photography

With an abundance of birds that are fairly used to people, Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve along the Williamstown coastline is a good place to practice bird photography.

Australian Magpie, Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve, Williamstown, Vic

Australian Magpie, Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve, Williamstown, Vic

New Holland Honeyeater, Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve, Williamstown, Vic

New Holland Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater, Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve, Williamstown, Vic

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Hoary-headed Grebe, Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve, Williamstown, Vic

Hoary-headed Grebe

Crested Pigeons, Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve, Williamstown, Vic

Crested Pigeons feeling the early morning cold

Blue-billed Duck, Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve, Williamstown, Vic

Blue-billed Duck

2 responses to “Enjoying Jawbone photography

  1. Great shots, especially the magpie and honeyeaters. These are familiar birds up in the mountains. As a bird expert, have you ever seen magpies lie on the ground in the sun with their wings laid out either side? Another bird usually hangs around as a guard. Do you have any idea why they do this? It’s very strange.

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    • Thanks Sue, I appreciate the comments. I have also seen birds doing this, I even have a post from Mallacoota showing a few images of a small patch of sun being shared by a few species. https://maltpadaderson.com/2016/02/15/sun-baking-at-double-creek/ .
      Playing golf I have seen several magpies sun-baking on the rim of a bunker, lying in the sand with their bills open. I thought someone had killed them and had displayed them as some sort of gruesome display. I got very close them for a look and they popped up, warbled at me and flew off. I though that maybe it was about warming their bodies and feathers to help agitate mites and lice to make them easier to find and remove but the literature does not support that idea. I found this link on one of my fav reference sites – http://birdlife.org.au/australian-birdlife/detail/sunny-side-up. It is an interesting read and does talk about magpies.

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