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Crested Shrike-tit taken Glen Alice in the Capertee Valley. by Alwyn Simple

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Crested Shrike-tit taken Glen Alice in the Capertee Valley. by 


Just back from my Easter birding trip and was over the moon with this shot.

The Crested Shrike-tit is endemic to mainland Australia. This is the Eastern Shike-tit, frontatus, which is found along the coast of eastern Australia from the Atherton region, Queensland, to south-eastern South Australia.
The Crested Shrike-tit is found in eucalypt forests and woodlands, forested gullies and along rivers in drier areas. It can also be found in rainforests.
The Crested Shrike-tit feeds mainly on insects, but will sometimes eat fruits and seeds. It forages in trees, rarely on or near the ground, tearing at or probing bark for insects with its short strong bill. It usually forages alone, in pairs or in groups of up to five birds, which are usually related. It will also be seen in mixed feeding flocks with other insect-eating birds, especially male Golden Whistlers.

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I specialise in Photographing birds in their natural environment. To date I have photographed over 450 Australian species. If you like to view great bird shots please visit my site. I also like to photograph Landscape scenes but this is my second choice. I love nature and love to see and capture it when it is living free.

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Comments

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 2 years ago

    Oh my goodness what great detail Alwyn. Just love his handsome crest!

  • Many thanks Rosalie for your comment. This was my shot for the weekend. I was so excited to get it.

    – Alwyn Simple

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...over 2 years ago

    Stunning take , the detail is so good.

  • Thanks Warren, yes I was real happy with this one.

    – Alwyn Simple

  • Nikonuser
    Nikonuserover 2 years ago

    Wow what an amazing capture Alwyn, so crisp and clear and the colours of the bird is just stunning.

  • Many thanks Lena for your kind comments. They are greatly appreciated. I am so glad that you like it.

    – Alwyn Simple

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 2 years ago

    Brilliant capture of this little beauty Alwyn.

    Cheers Jude

  • Many thanks Jude. Yes I was extremely happy when this came up on the screen.

    – Alwyn Simple

  • fungifun
    fungifunover 2 years ago

    Amazing capture! They are a very pretty bird & very distinctive with the crest. Have seen them here but able to get a pic yet! Well done… Anita

  • Thanks Anita, Yes these are one of my special dream birds. I have not seen many and this is only the second time that I have managed to photograph one. Normally they hide in the leaves. There were three here and this one came out into the open to give me a great opportunity. I also watched them tearing off bark looking for insects, and I hate to think what they would do to a finger nail if you ever picked one up.

    – Alwyn Simple

  • Nikonuser
    Nikonuserover 2 years ago

    Alwyn I always enjoy your bird shots and always look forward to seeing more. I just wish I had the time and knowlege to take bird photos as good as yours.

  • Hi Lena, What a wonderful comment and compliment. Thank you so much. You are no slouch with a camera yourself. Your portraits and layer work are wonderful and you are very talented. Thank you again.

    – Alwyn Simple

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersover 2 years ago

    Thought this would be yours Alwyn… a stunning bird, beautiful capture.

  • Many thanks Phil. I am glad that you like it. I took around 30 shots of these and kept three poses. They were feeding and mostly they had their back to me. I just kept pushing the button. Thank goodness for digital.

    – Alwyn Simple

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Many thanks Ray

    – Alwyn Simple

  • Janone
    Janoneover 2 years ago

    Absolute a Beauty.!
    My compliments.
    Jan

  • Many thanks Jan, your comment is greatly appreciated.

    – Alwyn Simple

  • Rick Playle
    Rick Playleover 2 years ago

    Well done Alwyn,
    there are a few areas in The Dryandra forrest block that these birds have been seen
    very elusive, I’m hoping to get there this year to see if I can get a capture of one
    have a bit of info from the caretaker who will point the areas out for me.
    I to have dreamed of getting close to one also.
    bet your chuffed with this
    cheers Rick

  • Hi Rick, Yes I believe that you have a species over there. I do not think it is as yellow as its eastern cousin. I wish you luck and hope to see one posted soon. Many thanks for your comments and continued support, it is appreciated.

    – Alwyn Simple

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