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…

Masked lapwing

Bird Photography Challenge #57: Masked Lapwing

A shorebird that is well known for its gutsy behaviour in wide open places, the Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) certainly makes an impression.  With its raucous call and distinctive appearance, this plover is the unmistakable subject of our #57 Bird Photography Challenge. What does it look like?   The Masked Lapwing is a large ground-dwelling…

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…

Emu portrait

Bird Photography Challenge # 54: Emu

The Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is the largest native bird in Australia. This flightless bird is an important icon of our country, appearing on our coat of arms and various coins and prominent in aboriginal mythology. It is the subject of our 54th Bird Photography Challenge.