A Bird in the Hand…..

Welcome to another Pleasant Sunday Afternoon.

After you cross the Simpson Desert from East to West you get to Dalhousie Springs where even the hot spring fed waterhole feels cool…. for a time.

Being the only water for a bit it attracts a little bird life. After a swim I took out my camera and waited. The scan picked up a little dust (no – I am not always a film troglodyte. Go here for proof!) so I apologise for the few marks you see in the pictures. Click on the pictures for bigger images.

Spinifex Pigeon is called Katararrtji in the Ngaanyatjarra Language. Although the distribution of the Singing Honeyeater is supposedly through most of Australia (including here) I haven’t seen one here to get the local name. Singing in language is “yinkaku” for singing a song, and “wangkaku” means birds singing.

Spinifex Pigeon
Spinifex Pigeon
Spinifex Pigeon
Spinifex Pigeon
Singing Honeyeater
Singing Honeyeater

Bob Gosford from The Northern Myth in an email discussion pointed out the pigeon here is a crested and not a spinifex pigeon. And he is right. I have some Spinifex Pigeon shots from Palm Valley I will include here when I find them! Next time I will ensure I double check my wildlife. Bob has a good article on them you can read here

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Robbo is a pharmacist working with a very remote Aboriginal Health Service in the deserts of Western Australia. + Andrew Robbo Roberts

5 thoughts on “A Bird in the Hand…..”

  1. This is fantastic! Love the little Singing Honeyeater captured having a snack. Beautiful crest and feather pattern on Spinifex Pigeon. Nature and wildlife amazes me. Great close-ups photos of beautiful wildlife. Are the springs thermal? Sounds like a lovely time. Thanks for sharing.

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