We have a roundup of bird species today from four different readers:
Reader Phil from Oz sends this:
An Australian bird for you. Little corella (Cacatua sanguinea). This was taken at Ocean Shores, near Byron Bay in northern New South Wales, Australia’s most easterly point.
Reader Victor Chocho sends a juvenile blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii):
I’m a biology student in Ecuador; last weekend I went to the beach and took this pictures, I hope you enjoy it…
In the picture you see a Sula nebouxii, (“Piquero de patas azules” in Spanish). I found this little one by the beach and it looks like he loved to have his picture taken!)
Reader John from Ethiopia sends a black predator and some notes on local worship:
Here is another fine bird, a Bateleur Eagle [Terathopius ecaudatus;the only species in its genus], spotted in the South Omo Region of Ethiopia.
You would like it here where I am at this moment (not): the Muslim call to prayer, blasting out from a gigantic loudspeaker about a quarter mile away, is facing stiff competition from chanting Ethiopian Orthodox Christian priests, broadcasting through their own gigantic speakers also about a quarter mile away. To be fair, the call to prayer lasts only about 10 minutes, five times a day, while the Ethiopian Orthodox (a very large and pious majority here in the north of the country) often chant all through the night.
Reader Tony Eales, also from Oz:
I have two shots of the Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) a relative of the WEIT favourite nightjars. They’re experts at camouflage during the day as in the one in the photo pretending to be a stick, but can put on an arresting display as in the one I discovered being attacked by a pair of Brown Falcons. Also a spot the owlet nightjar (Aegotheles cristatus). It was the best shot I could get, he/she was expert at keeping a few leaves and branches between myself and it.
First the owlet nightjar; can you spot it?
Then the tawny frogmouths, this one being attacked by brown falcons:
It’s an expert at pretending to be a broken branch: