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January 17, 2010

Backyard Birding

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Backyard Birds – Newcastle

17th January 2010

Today I took some shots of animals and birds at the bird feeder in the backyard in Newcastle suburbs. I got the word that there was a Pygmy Possum(It is a Black Rat) in the bird feeder, so I grabbed my camera to get a photo of it. The light was pretty horrendous because a storm was about to strike. In fact it started raining halfway through taking some of these photos. Here is what I think is the Eastern Pygmy-possum (Cercartetus nanus) and is classified as vulnerable in NSW.

Pygmy Possum
Eastern Pygmy-possum (Cercartetus nanus) Black Rat

I took a shot of this Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius) because I noticed the black colours in the centers of the yellow feathers on the back. I never noticed them before. I think this is a mature bird because of the off-white coloured bill.

Eastern Rosella
Eastern Rosella

Finally, here is a male Australian King-parrot having a feed at the bird feeder. The adult males have a fully red front whereas females have a green chest and are called Green Queens colloquially.

Australian King-parrot
Australian King-parrot

9 Comments »

  1. Great shot of the little possum, well spotted and captured.

    Comment by Marj — January 17, 2010 @ 6:42 am

  2. Sorry, I think you have a rat, probably a native variety. A pigmy possum does not look like the one in the picture.
    Google an image to check it out. Sorry,

    Martin

    Comment by Martin — January 17, 2010 @ 8:40 am

  3. A rat! Oh dear. Nonetheless, fine pictures indeed.

    Comment by adam — January 17, 2010 @ 12:30 pm

  4. Thank you Martin, it is indeed a Black Rat, thanks to Ricki for setting me on the right path.

    I still think he is very cute. 🙂

    Thanks marj and adam for the diplomatic comments, ha ha 🙂

    Comment by admin — January 17, 2010 @ 9:36 pm

  5. Interesting visitor and well captured.

    Comment by Debbie Miller @HooootOwl — January 19, 2010 @ 12:10 am

  6. Thanks Debbie.

    🙂

    Comment by admin — January 19, 2010 @ 10:53 pm

  7. Lovely set of images!
    I’ve been reading your posts and appreciating images you make, but couldn’t comment till now 🙂

    Comment by Sandeep R — January 21, 2010 @ 8:54 am

  8. Thanks Sandeep,

    Seb (NQ-Birder) helped to set it up with Akismet and its working great. Sorry about the inconvenience.

    cheers,
    steve

    Comment by admin — January 23, 2010 @ 12:35 am

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