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Australian Suburban Wildlife (Page IIA)



Mundane as Australian suburbia might be, we often do get interesting visitors. This multi-part web page series contains a selection of recent wildlife pictures of interest, especially bird life, and some typical habitats.

The Clayton Campus of Monash University has a remarkably wide range of
resident native birds, and the odd visitors, as well as a wide range of native flora.

Photos and text 1997-2012 Carlo Kopp; Photographs produced using a Fuji S5600 5.1 MP, Fuji S5800 8.0 MP, Fuji HS10 10.3 MP, Mamiya 645/1000S and Nikon D90, using
Mamiya Sekor C 210mm f/4.0, Sekor A 200mm f/2.8 APO, Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX and Tokina 20-35mm f/2.8 ATX Pro..


Clayton Campus, Monash University, Victoria

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Musk Lorikeet



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A Musk Lorikeet feeding on eucalypt blossoms next to Building 63, in August, 2012. These attractive, loud and gregarious canopy feeders are common across South-Eastern Australia, and increasingly seen in urban areas. The large number of eucalypts at Clayton campus frequently attract robust numbers of these birds (Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).

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Another Musk Lorikeet feeding on eucalypt blossoms next to Building 63, in August, 2012 (Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).

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A Musk Lorikeet enjoying some fresh gum blossom nectar in the trees adjacent to Building 63, in July, 2012. Eucalypts provide a valuable habitat for many Australian parrot species (Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).

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Find the Lorikeets! A pair of Musk Lorikeets foraging for gum blossom nectar in the trees adjacent to Building 63. It is little appreciated that the bright plumage of many Australian parrots is evolved camouflage which is highly effective in the treetop habitat these species occupy (Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Musk Lorikeet feeding on gum blossom nectar in a tree adjacent to Building 63. The red/green/yellow camouflage is very effective in this environment (Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).

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Another Musk Lorikeet in the foliage (Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G / D90).

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Rainbow Lorikeet



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A trio of Rainbow Lorikeets perched next to the former Arts and Crafts Building (Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).

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A pair of Rainbow Lorikeets perched next to the former Arts and Crafts Building (Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).

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Portraits of Rainbow Lorikeets (Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).

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Portrait of a Rainbow Lorikeet with an unusual cleft beak (Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).


Eastern Rosella




An Eastern Rosella hiding in the canopy of a large eucalypt.




Australian Magpie



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The Magpie is a ubiquitous scavenger in suburbia. Note the characteristic 'goose step'. There are several pairs at Clayton campus (Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).

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Australian Raven





An Australian Raven at Clayton campus. These birds are commonly observed across the campus. Intelligent and inquisitive, they are the largest Corvids in Australia.






Pacific Black Duck



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The gregarious Pacific Black Duck is frequently seen at the various ponds at Clayton campus. This example was photographed next the to Physics Department, providing a good demonstration of interference patterns from two sources of waves. It is insisted on following me as I photographed it (Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).

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Noisy Miner



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The Noisy Miner is a small, aggressive and loud honeyeater, commonly found in the suburbs and often competing against the invasive Indian Mynah. This example was caught picking insects off eucalypt leaves (Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).

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Red Wattlebird



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A Red Wattlebird near Bldg 75 at Clayton (Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).


Feral Pidgeon





The Feral Pidgeon is another common suburban scavenger, also represented at Clayton. This flock is practicing its favourite pastime, squabbling over food.


Native Plants at Clayton Campus, Monash University



Clayton campus is heavily vegetated, and almost all of these trees and shrubs are Australian natives. This is a major incentive for native birds with highly specialised diets to flock to the campus, especially in times of drought or other circumstances where food supply is compromised.

Below are some images collected since 2007.

























































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Eucalypts are one of the plant species which define Australia's natural environment. Blossoming gum trees provide food for a wide range of insect, bird and animal species.

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Eucalypt blossoms, pink, above budding, below fully developed (D90 / 35mm f/1.8G DX).







Mature Banksia spinulosa blossom, red form (Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX ISO 400 1/60 / D90).



Mature Banksia spinulosa blossom, red form (Tokina 20-35mm f/2.8 ATX Pro / D90).



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Other Interesting Wildlife Sites

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