#Bird Weekly Photo Challenge #39 Mostly Australian Birds that Eat Mostly Fish

Bird Weekly Featured picture sea gulls

You can’t be friends with Lisa Coleman and not be all about birds. So here is my first contribution to the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge.

You can join too if you’ve ever taken a picture of a bird that swims and eats fish rather than bread crumbs as the majority of its diet. Here are my choices for this week.

black and white fish eating bird at Healesville Sanctuary

Isn’t he a beauty? I’m assuming he’s a pelican, but don’t quote me.

sea gulls swarming the beach

This might have been a preview for the Australian version of Birds. Sea gulls by the hundreds suddenly swarmed St. Kilda beach goers.

This little cutie walked on water at the Healesville Sanctuary.

This benchmark bird picture is just for Lisa to show you my best eagle photo as of 3-13-2021. This pirate never came down from his perch to dip into the water for a bite to eat.

For more great bird photos watch for Lisa’s Bird Roundup each week. Roundup Week #38. I’m making it my reading list for this week.

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60 responses to “#Bird Weekly Photo Challenge #39 Mostly Australian Birds that Eat Mostly Fish”

  1. bushboy Avatar

    As Lisa said an Australian Pelican. The Duck is a Pacific Black Duck and the eagle is just a silhouette but being on the beach either a White-bellied Sea eagle or and Osprey. Hope that helps Marsha

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, I’m going to label my picture. The eagle is in Oregon, if that makes a difference. Horrible picture. The other pictures are all from Australia. You are awesome, Brian! 🙂

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      1. bushboy Avatar

        Sorry if it;s a US bird no way am I to know 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Sorry about that, Brian. It’s not a great picture anyway. I just wanted Lisa to see how hard I tried to get a decent picture or a bird. I’m not good with birds as a rule. But, like I said, the Australian birds seem to be friendlier. 🙂

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          1. bushboy Avatar

            Mostly 😀

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  2. Lisa Coleman Avatar

    Very nice Australian Pelican photo! 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you. I found him when I organized! I took lots of great bird pictures in Australia. They are much better at posing than the one’s here. I got one shot of a road runner a couple of days ago, but he blends with the dirt.

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      1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        Roadrunners are had to get. I have a good one that I got at Floyd Lamb Park outside of Las Vegas. He was in the park like he was a squirrel or something. He was on the run though. LOL! 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          They can really run, clouds of dust behind them!

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          1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

            Yep. Just waiting for a Beep beep behind them. 😂

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            LOL! 🙂

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  3. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    Those Pelican’s are amazing! We have them in front of the lake house but missed them this time! 💖

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Ooooo that’s fabulous! We had a lot of geese where we lived in CA, and some guinea hens that someone bought then didn’t want. They took over the neighborhood. 🙂

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        Very cool unfortunately I wouldn’t have any chickens etc. because all of them have been taken out by the coyotes and I don’t need any more problems with those things. LOL

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          We had that problem too, or our neighbors did. They built big enclosures for the chickens. We eat eggs, but I couldn’t take the every day thing. I had enough trouble getting rid of zucchini and strawberries.

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          1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            After awhile it comes down to less is more for me! 💖

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            No kidding. I was growing things and not able to use them, and after a while you wonder, “Why am I spending all this time and energy and money and water when people don’t need or want the stuff. If I was a professional farmer, it would have been different, but it was a hobby for me. Chickens would be far worse. That’s why our neighborhood was overrun with guinea hens. They got to be too much trouble for someone.

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          3. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            For sure and it makes you really appreciate the farmers! My neighbor had 75 guinea fowl, turkeys, lamas, horses, 4 goats, 6 dogs, 6 tortoises… And i wonder why I have coyotes.. 🤣her dogs.
            guinea fowl are gone between her dogs and coyotees. Mountain lion took down the goats. Chickens are gone too. well, duh…grrrrr

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            Wow! my neighbor had/has 60 cats. She also feeds the raccoons and skunks if they come up on her porch. We have friends who live farther up into wild animal country whose cats eat WITH the raccoons and skunks less than 5 feet from us on the other side of the slider. It’s amazing to watch.

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          5. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            OMG ow that’s crazy.. 🤣I feel normal now.. hahahaha. I KNOW… we have neighbors like those too..and it is amazing but it totally fouls up their own instincts and attacks more critters!!! ugh. 💖

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          6. Marsha Avatar

            It was pretty crazy, but nice lady and her daughter both were dumped on – you know how it is in the country. Then they couldn’t stop feeding them and didn’t have enough resources to neuter them all. It’s a catch 22.

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          7. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            oh soooo sweet with a good heart for sure. i do know and what a dilemma! 💖

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          8. Marsha Avatar

            Yes. I wonder how our buyers are handling the cats. He is allergic. He is also the city police chief.

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          9. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            Oh my I cannot wait to hear.. Please keep me posted.. 🤣🤣

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          10. Marsha Avatar

            I will. The woman is a principal of the middle school in town. So they are an influential couple that just got married, so no kids.

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          11. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            oh wow, interesting …time will tell.

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          12. Marsha Avatar

            I know! I wish I was a little birdie listening in. 🙂

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          13. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            indeed!!!💖🤣🤣🤣

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  4. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    Hi Marsha, glad you have some bird photos to share in bird weekly! Your pelican is perfect and well-captured! Lisa’s challenge is doing just that, and I need to get out more and see some birds. As you will read, we may be getting into the house in two weeks, and once there, I have my bird feeders at the ready. Now if I could just get the eagles to nest nearby!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You should be able to find some. 🙂 I’m so glad your wait is coming to an end! It’s been a super long haul. for you both.

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      1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

        It will be a relief, Marsha! Then the fun begins! Weirdly, as if we didn’t have enough on our plate, we’re considering buying the lot next door and building a smaller home to rent out. If we did this, we would take our sweet time for sure!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          You can control who your neighbors are, for sure. But it could come back to bite. We owned the property next to us and once we lived there a few months, we enjoyed the privacy too much to sell it or build and rent it. As it turned out, a friend offered to buy it, and we agreed and then sold ours within the next couple of months. So, if nothing else, it buys you privacy, if you like that sort of thing.

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          1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

            Great point, and I’m not sure I want to lock that much cash into it.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            We bought ours before we bought the house. We were going to build on it , and then the scruffy house next door – a repo was on the market. Vince thought the new buyers might put a business there next to our lovely new home. So we bought it, remodeled it to sell and moved in. End of story. the beautiful house he designed never happened.

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  5. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    Don’t quote me, but I would say that that is a Great White Pelican.
    I love your photography and hope that you will also be sharing some Black and White photos at #SundayStills this week.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Hi Donna, Thanks so much. Is he a gorgeous bird? I will definitely check out Terri’s post today. I try not to miss Sunday Stills even if I run a little late in my responses. 🙂

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  6. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

    Love the Australian Pelican. (I only know from the comment). I enjoy comparing the different beaks on the beach birds.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      There’s a great topic for you. Since I’m getting into the bird photos, you should do a post with Lisa or link to some of her posts about beaks. Beaks at the Beach, Beaking Deals?

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      1. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

        Pelicans would be a good topic. I started thinking and recording some notes. I need to do much more though before even starting to create a draft.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          That’s your expertise, though, Frank. You love to research and share information. 🙂

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  7. Jim Borden Avatar

    nice to know that sea gulls annoy beachgoers all over the world 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      LOL We have our share in CA, too. I’d never seen them mob the beach goers like that, though.

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      1. Jim Borden Avatar

        if someone has food on the beach, they are going to get swarmed…

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          True that. We were a good bit away with a telephoto lens, so we just watched them. But it was amazing. 🙂

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          1. Jim Borden Avatar

            there is something about seeing a large flock of birds together, especially starlings…

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  8. Norah Avatar

    Lovely photos. Yes, it is a pelican. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you, Norah. I knew someone would know for sure. It was one of the most beautiful pelicans I’ve ever seen. Have you ever been to the Healesville Sanctuary?

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      1. Norah Avatar

        I haven’t. One day …

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I lost the thread of our conversation, Norah, So I’ll just put a smiley face! Lots of love. 🙂

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          1. Norah Avatar

            I hadn’t been to the Sanctuary you mentioned – Healsville, I think, maybe. Smiley faces are good. 🙂

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            That’s what I do when I can’t hear someone in a meeting, too. 🙂

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          3. Norah Avatar

            Sometimes you need to be careful doing that. You don’t know what you might be smiling at. 🤣

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            True that. My solution was to retire and only attend meetings I want to attend for fun. 🙂

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          5. Norah Avatar

            Good thinking. 🙂

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  9. the eternal traveller Avatar

    Yes, the first one is an Australian pelican and you captured him beautifully.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Carol. Do you remember what the other birds are?

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      1. the eternal traveller Avatar

        No, I can’t help you with the others.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Oh well, there may be some bird experts out there. Maybe Leanne knows. I have signs for some of them.

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