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Bellbird at Bournda

This was a nice catch. Bell Miners are common in south-east Australia in heavily wooded gullies, often heard tinkling loudly and cheerily at holiday destinations. But to get one close enough to photograph is another matter. Not shy, but not interested in low altitudes and so usually hidden high in the forest canopy. I finally discovered that hanging around the campsite toilet block was the secret since for some reason they are happy to come lower there. Loitering with intent around remote public toilets is not usually recommended when wearing binoculars and a big lens and there were some unkind looks and interesting conversations before this bird appeared and put an end to my mini-misery. A much more attractive bird than I had previously thought, they are quite aggressive and clear out areas of other birds.

 

Not really a Canberra bird, although they are seen in the region occasionally so it just qualifies.

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Taken on January 27, 2007