Eastern Bristlebird (Dasyornis brachypterus)

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    Booderee National Park, ACT, Australia (though on the coast, Jervis bay is actually part of the Australian Capital Territory).

    These guys are endangered, and there are estimated to be only 2000 remaining - habitat loss and predation being the prime protagonists. They are relatively common at Booderee NP however, where recent fox baiting programs have resulted in a marked increase in their numbers, despite a very large bush fire going through much of their habitat there in recent years. Their favoured heath habitat has recovered, as have bristlebird numbers. They are quite furtive, but do call vociferously and often from a prominent perch, so a little patience can result in good views (and photo opportunities!).

    This species is listed as Endangered - see the IUCN Red List info here www.iucnredlist.org/details/146295 for more information.

    Greg Miles, Robyn Ann, and 4 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. diegocon1964 82 months ago | reply

      Very good capture

    2. beeater 82 months ago | reply

      that's a beauty David......unlucky not to bump into you over the weekend?

    3. aaardvaark 82 months ago | reply

      Now that's the best pic of an EB on flickr! Terific - you must have found this on Monday?

    4. piedbutcher 82 months ago | reply

      Jeepers! Can't get much better than that for this species!

    5. David Cook Wildlife Photography 82 months ago | reply

      Thanks guys - these things are usually a matter of chance. We were walking up to look at the ruins of the Cape St George Lighthouse, and this guy came out onto the path, then sat in this tree calling. Very cooperative indeed!

      Stuart - didn't know you were down that way - we should have arranged to meet up.

      Julian - it was Monday afternoon.

    6. honeypestypie 82 months ago | reply

      Awesome capture and great research!!


      You are definitely a Bird Watcher!
      Pls tag your photo "Bird Watcher"

    7. Tobias Hayashi Photography 82 months ago | reply

      Excellent! I am going green with envy, in between yours and Julians shot. When we went it was raining, so missed out on a bit. Song must have been nice, well captured in its pose.

    8. Keith@Worldbirds.eu 81 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Friends Of Worldbirds, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
      Brilliant

    9. Thushan S. Withana-Gamage 72 months ago | reply

      Do you know this bird is in the "Endengered Red List". So we have Discussion thread in the BWG group known as "Critically Endangered Birds: Australia". Pls post your shot in that thread. Thanks.


      You are definitely a BIRD WATCHER!
      Please add this photo to www.flickr.com/groups/birdwatching/
      and tag your photo "Bird Watcher"

    10. Daniel O'Brien 71 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Australia's Rarest Animals, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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