This is the final collection of bird photos from this Albert Park series; now we are moving from the lake to the rest of the park. As explained in the introduction, there are many different vegetation types within the park that support many different birds. Some birds spend the majority of their time digging in the grass, while others are most often in the trees. The flowering eucalypts are a great food source for many birds and they are a great place to target your twitching.
I will break this post up into sections: common native species, parrots, and exotic species.
COMMON NATIVE BIRDS
There are many native birds within Albert Park, many of which we might not consider native, such Crested Pigeons and Magpie Larks. Another good example is the native Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala), although considered a pest in many places with large populations, it should not to be confused with the introduced Common Myna (Sturnus tristis). All of these birds are common, but some are nevertheless very difficult to photograph, such as the Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) which is often in flight and moves so quickly.
These are the birds from within the order Psittaciformes, which includes ‘true’ parrots and Cockatoos. The parrots spend much of their time in the trees and can often be seen in flowering eucalypts. By far the most common of these are the Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus), which form large colonies and can be deafening when they are all calling in the same tree. The Cockatoos and Galahs in the park are often seen browsing through the lawns for tubers, roots and insects.
There are few introduced species in the park, but they are common and very familiar. Two of them are doves or pigeons, the others are in the genus of starlings.
So this is the final collection of birds from my photographic adventures in Albert Park. I will continue to take the camera down and will update these posts now and then when I get more photos. I may have one final post, a quiz, for next week. Stay tuned.