Bird Photography Articles

To: "'Tim Dolby'" <>, "'Paul Randall'" <>, <>
Subject: Bird Photography Articles
From: "Paul G Dodd" <>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 22:04:52 +1000
That actually reminds me of some interesting behaviour I observed on the
weekend. Where Ruth works, at Serendip Sanctuary, they hand-raised a Tawny
Frogmouth after its parents abandoned it as an egg. The bird has been raised
mostly indoors, and for a long time had no contact with the outside world or
awareness of other birds. More recently, it has been moved to more permanent
quarters in a large aviary where it can perch under cover or in the open and
has the freedom to fly.

Anyway, whilst feeding the bird on the weekend, it froze and did the typical
Tawny Frogmouth imitation of a branch. A few seconds later we saw a Brown
Goshawk fly over and then heard the alarm calls of the sparrows, honeyeaters
and magpies. I have often observed Whistling Kites and Black Kites flying
overhead while we have fed the Tawny Frogmouth, and there has been no such

What was interesting to me was that this captive Tawny Frogmouth recognised
the Goshawk, or perhaps more likely, heard the alarm calls of other birds
well before we heard them - and behaved exactly as a wild bird would do,
without having had the benefit of training from its parents. One of the
wonders of nature, I guess - the power of natural instinct.

Paul Dodd
Docklands, Victoria

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Tim Dolby
Sent: Wednesday, 11 May 2011 5:12 PM
To: Paul Randall; 
Subject: Bird Photography Articles

Good stuff Paul. I like the articles - such as the one entitled "Listening
for Birds of Prey". Really nice topic. Interestingly where I live in
Melbourne (Northcote), it's not just raptors that cause alarm. I find my
local Noisy Miner, White-plumed Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird and Australian
Magpie are equally alarmed by Great Egret, White-faced Heron, Australasian
Darter and Sulphur-crested Cockatoo. My feeling is, being city bound birds,
they are simply unfamiliar with these large slow flying birds, so perceive
them as a threat similar to the larger raptors.


Tim Dolby

 on behalf of Paul Randall

Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 4:22 PM
Subject: Bird Photography Articles

Hi all,

If anyone is interested I have updated my website with some new articles on
Bird Photography.  They can be accessed at the address below.   Hope you
find them informative.

Paul Randall (

P.S.  I will try and write a new article each month so please revisit in a
few weeks!!


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