Birds found in Australia

Birds found in Australia

Australian birds ... not just native birds, but introduced species as well. They too make up the ecology we live in today. If anything birds are even more challenging to photograph than other animals - they move more quickly, change direction more rapidly. It takes patience, being ready at just the right time. Koole Imaging has a selection of pictures of birds found in Australia on this page. It's a privilege to share his pics here.

Aussie Stories - telling about Australia in words and pictures
Koole Imaging is based in Queensland, in the harbour city of Gladstone. He says, among other things

'...Australia is an amazing diverse country too beautiful not to share with the world! ... '

ThisisAustralia.com.au has permission to share them on our pages too. We do so with appreciation.

All Koole Imaging photos are Copyright © Koole Imaging.
Aussie Stories - telling about Australia in words and pictures

Single photo no edit. The three birds were leaving the feed bowl at the same time yet it appears to be a time lapse photo of one bird. Gin Gin, Queensland, Australia
Single photo no edit. The three birds were leaving the feed bowl at the same time yet it appears to be a time lapse photo of one bird. Gin Gin, Queensland, Australia.

Copyright © Koole Imaging

It's a great shot! I don't know what type of birds these are. Can someone let us know?

King parrot, pictured at Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW, Australia
King parrot, pictured at Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW, Australia. King parrots are a large, brilliantly coloured birds that live in much of eastern Australia - but not in Tasmania - in wet and coastal environments. They tend to like dense bushland. They feed on seeds, fruit, berries, nuts, nectar, blossoms, leaf buds, and insects and their larvae.

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More info on King Parrots can be found at Australia Zoo

Rainbow lorikeet eating nectar from a bottlebrush flower, pictured at NSW, Australia
Rainbow lorikeet eating nectar from a bottlebrush flower, pictured at NSW, Australia.

Copyright © Gail Beerman Used by permission and with appreciation.

Rainbow Lorikeets live in coastal regions across northern and eastern Australia. The local population in Perth, Western Australia, is a result of birds being released from aviaries. The Rainbow Lorikeet lives in places where there are trees, including rainforest and woodlands, as well as in towns where there are trees.

More info on Rainbow Lorikeets can be found at Birds in Backyards

Pale headed rosella, found in eastern and north eastern Australia
Pale headed rosella, found in eastern and north eastern Australia. They are noisy and conspicuous birds, living in lightly timbered woodlands with a grassy understorey, tree-lined watercourses and agricultural lands..

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More info on Pale headed Rozellas can be found at Bird Life Australia

Pink and grey galah, found all over Australia, except Tasmania
Pink and grey galah, found all over Australia, except Tasmania. They are gregarious birds, living in flocks of 30 to as much as one thousand birds. They are found all through the Australian bush and the outback. They make their nests in hollow trees or logs.

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Pink and grey galah, found all over Australia, except Tasmania
Pink and grey galah, found all over Australia, except Tasmania. This one was photographed in the sandhills near the beach at Eucla, in Western Australia, near the border of South Australia.

Copyright © Willem Schultink

More info on Pink and Grey Galahs can be found at The Australian Galah

Whistling hawks, near Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Whistling hawks, near Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

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Colourful Cassowary, near Naracoorte, South Australia
Colourful Cassowary, near Naracoorte, South Australia. The Southern Cassowary is the third tallest and second heaviest living bird, smaller only than the ostrich and emu. They are part of the ratite group of birds, which includes the ostrich and the emu. They are very shy birds, but when they are provoked they have been known to attack both humans and animals. They are native to northern Australia, tropical forests in New Guinea, and surrounding islands.

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More info on Cassowaries can be found at Perth Zoo

The Australian pelican, found in all parts of Australia
The Australian pelican, found in all parts of Australia and New Guinea, New Zealand, and some Pacific islands.

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More info on the Australian Pelican can be found at Perth Zoo

Birds, Curtis Island, Queensland, Australia
Birds, Curtis Island, Queensland, Australia. I wonder what is happening with those two birds together? I don't know what sort of birds they are. Perhaps someone could let us know?

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A heron wading, at Lorne, Victoria, Australia
A heron wading, at Lorne, Victoria, Australia. May 2013.

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A friendly kookaburra, at Lorne, Victoria, Australia
A friendly kookaburra, at Lorne, Victoria, Australia. Friendly - near enough to touch! This pic was not taken with a DSLR with a long lens, but with a Nokia Lumia 920 mobile phone. So you have get close up to get a good pic. May 2013.

Copyright © A&N Schultink

A duck, at Lorne, Victoria, Australia
A duck, at Lorne, Victoria, Australia. May 2013.

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Emus are found in every state of Australia, including South Australia
Emus are found in every state of Australia, including South Australia. They are part of the ratite group of large flightless birds, which includes the ostrich and the cassowary.

Emus can move very quickly. I once had an old man emu running alongside the car on the Eyre Highway a few miles east of Norseman in Western Australia. He was a big powerful bird and he matched the car's speed of a bit more than 60 kilometres and hour for a short distance, before he decided that the scrub was a better option! It was beautiful to see him run, with his feathers flowing in the wind and his body seeming to flow over the ground.

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Watch John Williamson sing a humourous song about Old Man Emu in this old black and white clip from the 1970s: