SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — Since I needed to leave for the airport late this afternoon, I decided not to venture far today. I returned to the Royal Botanic Gardens, this time with my camera. Here are a few of the birds who make their home in Sydney.
I was surprised by two Buff-banded Rails that darted across the path in front of me and then foraged calmly in the mulch as I watched. This individual is plain gray on the lower breast, lacking the cinnamon-colored band the other bird sported.
The head pattern identifies this Magpie-lark as a female. She is neither a magpie nor a lark but belongs in a family comprised of only two species. The other lives along mountain streams on New Guinea.
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos feed in flocks on the grass. I captured these birds just as they took flight.
A fountain near the Botanic Gardens entrance doubled as a classy bathtub for a pair of Australasian Magpies.