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Posted By: Cee Cee, 05-24-2013, 05:17 AM

Red Wattlebird, ..." Wattlebirds are characterized by their wattles. These are bare fleshy appendages, usually wrinkled and often brightly coloured, hanging from the cheeks, neck or throat, and presumably serving for display." (wikipedia) .... Indigenous Australian name: Wodjalok (wore’cha’lawk).


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05-24-2013, 05:41 AM   #2
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That's a great image of a bird I've never even heard of before. SOmething new every day.
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Interesting bird and love the fact that he seems to be singing his heart out. Nice shot.
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That's a great image of a bird I've never even heard of before. SOmething new every day.
As above - well done.

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That's a great image of a bird I've never even heard of before. SOmething new every day.
thanks for the comments Norm, these birds are very common right across southern parts of Australia, I found them not so easy to photograph though as they rarely hang around, usually gone before you can get within distance.
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Interesting bird and love the fact that he seems to be singing his heart out. Nice shot.
thank you Susan, these birds don't sing as such, its more like a squawk, very hard to describe, something between a parrot and a duck no, I just don't know how to describe it
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As above - well done.
cheers & thanks for your comments.
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Thanks for sharing this great image of a fascinating bird, and for your great description of the "song" too!
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Nice shot CC, looks like he is wattling right now.
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I really enjoyed seeing this wattling bird Cee Cee. Lovely colours ... super photo ... thanks for sharing

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They're birds with some character. The ones in my yard go berserk swooping my cat and dog each spring during the nesting season.
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Thanks for sharing this great image of a fascinating bird, and for your great description of the "song" too!
thanks for those comments, much appreciated
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They're birds with some character. The ones in my yard go berserk swooping my cat and dog each spring during the nesting season.
I've heard they can be aggresive, but I haven't seen it in the birds around here yet, they seem pretty timid and usually fly away well before I can get into range.
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Nice shot CC, looks like he is wattling right now.
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I really enjoyed seeing this wattling bird Cee Cee. Lovely colours ... super photo ... thanks for sharing
thanks Bob, thanks Tess, appreciate the comments .... maybe some misunderstanding here,"Wattle" is a kind of flowering tree with yellow flowers, the "wattle" in wattlebird refers to the coloured appendages on each side of the cheeks, there are yellow wattlebirds as well as red wattlebirds.
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