You’ve probably spotted this black bird gliding effortlessly over the surface of a pond or river - but do you know what it is?
The white beak and shield on its face give it away, as do its red eyes. It’s a Eurasian Coot.
Help the Little Penguins
Australia's Little Penguin is the world's smallest penguin.
A lightweight of just about 1 kg it is also called Fairy Penguin. By comparison, the Emperor Penguin, the largest of the world's 18 penguin species, weighs up to 38 kg.
Fishers of Darkness
On still summer nights, you may come upon a feathered hunter standing hunched and still in your local dam or paperbark swamp, watching the dark water with a large, baleful eye.
The distinctive Nankeen Night Heron is the only nocturnal heron in Australia and one of only seven remaining species of night heron in the world.
Why Did the Purple Chicken Cross the Road?
Have you ever seen a purple chicken in your neck of the woods? Chances are you've spotted a Purple Swamphen, Porphyrio porphyrio.
You are likely to find these hens around the edges of freshwater swamps, lakes and creeks surrounded by dense reeds and rushes. Here they can find food, build nests for breeding and find protection from danger.
This Troublemaker Knows How to Shake it Off
A misunderstood buddy is just trying to find love this month. Despite not being everyone’s favourite bird, the White Ibis definitely has a softer side.
You’re likely to see the Australian White Ibis’s courting techniques right now as they look for mates and start their families. The White Ibis usually breeds from August through to April, although it does vary from location to location. For instance, ibises in Sydney breed from June to February. The White Ibis breeds for longer when the conditions are right—when there is enough water and food about.
How Much Wood Could a Wood Duck Chuck if a Wood Duck Could Chuck Wood?
A common feathered friend is getting ready to become a parent during early Spring. Soon delightful little brown ducklings will be falling from the sky and waddling your way.
Have you ever seen a duck up a tree? Yes that may be a strange sight but one that you’re very likely to see at the moment. The Australian Wood Duck is getting clucky this month and mum and dad will be looking for a suitable tree to nest in.