A recent trip up the Licola road produced a couple of interesting sights. The Hickey Creek track often produces a nice mix of birds and this time it included a couple of interesting nest sightings.
|Olive-backed Oriole on its intricately woven and suspended nest, one of two within a few metres of each other.|
|An unoccupied White-winged Chough's nest, looking like an upturned cow pat up a tree.|
|In our own backyard: an anxious Leaden Flycatcher keeps a close eye on the photographer.|
|This female Australian Wood-duck checks out one big hole for a possible nest. A few days later, someone else has designs on the contents so she did well to reject this location.|
|Mr Goanna takes a moment to have a rest in the sunshine after discovering the hole has no eggs or chicks for breakfast.|
|A full-body shot as he climbs further up the tree. This one is about 1.5m (5 feet) long and beautifully coloured.|
|An Azure Kingfisher searching for snacks in the swamp|
|A male Golden Whistler|
Its been a lean few weeks for astronomy with humid, cloudy nights and now the full moon. Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy must wait for better weather. In the meantime, a couple of my favourites.
|Messier 42 in the sword in Orion's belt is a spectacular object. Down here in the Southern hemisphere, it appears upside down and is more commonly known as the Saucepan. Further info here.|
|Eta Carinae: 20 minutes of exposures, showing more than 7,000 stars. More info here.|