A male and female Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense) woodpeckers spotted looking for food on a neighbourhood tree in Hougang, Singapore, on 26 Sept. 2020. They were calling to each other while moving about.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/6 ]

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Today's bird is a Little Woodswallow. These small birds are a little bigger than a Welcome Swallow and quite prolific around the Winton Area, but give way to a different breed of Woodswallow by the time you get to Longreach.

This one is pictured on a sign at the Lark Quarry Dinosaur Stampede site.

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The moon was a little bigger today and after the first shot I remembered I had a 2x teleconverter laying around. So thisone is with a 600mm. And tomorrow the nice weather is over.. so back to the usual subjects..;)

Spotted another Ashy Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps). This one was at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore, on 22 Sept. 2020. I think It was giving me a rather interesting, "You're taking photos of me?" look. πŸ™‚

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/6 ].

Spotted a number of Painted Storks (Mycteria leucocephala) while walking at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore, on 22 Sept. 2020. This one had caught a fish.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/6 ]

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Pale-headed Rosellas are a bit of a nemesis bird for me. Rarely can I get close to them, as they are notoriously flighty around people.

Even at Lara Wetlands, I couldn't get as close as I'd have liked.

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Inspired by @youcantoo I can too! ;-) The moon was just in front of my window so I gave it a shot with an old 300mm bearcan, an a mount to e-mount converter and my A7III.

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This tiny Brown Treecreeper landed on the tree I was sitting under at Lara Wetlands and was less than 2.5m from me. I had to lay on the ground so the lens would focus (min. focus distance of 2.5m).

2020 is turning into a good dragonfly year for me. πŸ™‚ Spotted another Sultan (Camacinia gigantea), this time at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore, on 22 Sept 2020, at the pond after the Visitor Centre. It took flight and hovered in one spot, so I took in-flight photos of it.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/6 ]

Spotted this Dome Web Spider (Cyrtophora moluccensis) at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on 22 Sept. 2020. It was sitting in the middle of a very messy 3-D web.

As usual, I've put the pictures behind a CW, but I think it is a pretty nice looking spider. πŸ™‚

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/6 ]

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Thought I saw a new-to-me mushroom in the yard, but at closer inspection they turned out to be ghost plants! Monotropa uniflora, freaky little chlorophyll-free parasitic plants. πŸ†’

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An Ashy Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps) spotted at Pasir Ris Park, Singapore, on 20 Sept. 2020. I heard its calls just above me but it took me some time to find it among the leaves.

As their name suggest, tailorbirds make their nest out of leaves by 'sewing' together the edges using plant fibre or spider threads.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/6 ]

Oops. They are damselflies, not dragonflies. My mistake. πŸ™‚

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One of the more impressive pigeons you can see when you head out in to the Outback, is the Spinifex Pigeon. They have a crest on the top of their head and some pretty colours on their faces.

Being spring, it was no surprise we came across a randy fellow doing his little mating dance.

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We had a beautiful new moon after sunset tonight. I got my camera and tripod stand out to take a#photo from the back deck and was followed out by our two granddaughters, 4 and 2.

The older girl was admiring the orchid flowers and I strictly told her not to touch them. I'll let you guess what happened.

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A Helmeted Friarbird. I found several of these honeyeaters at the Tambo Dam (on the outskirts of Tambo - between Augathela and Blackall).

They're fairly noisy and often chase each other around the tree in some sort of dominance routine (or maybe they just like playing).

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