S is for Snipe, Latham’s Snipe is a bird I’ve monitored at the local wetland for many years. This photo of one blending with the background was taken however at Flooding Creek beside Lake Guyatt, a popular location for the birds when water levels are suitable.
U is for the Uniform Swiftlet, the only Australian bird with a name starting with the letter U. It is seen in Far North Queensland, sometimes in association with White-throated Needletails, a bird I fluked this flight shot with the FZ30 years ago.
V is for Vanellus miles, the Masked Lapwing, formerly called the Spur-winged Plover for a very apparent reason. We rarely see them on the property nowadays, for some reason they seem much happier frequenting grassy areas in the township.
X is for Xenus cinereus, the Terek Sandpiper, we once saw two at Jack Smith Lake when it was receiving good rainfall and was attracting waders by the thousand. That however was in pre bird photography days, so the illustration is from the Graham Pizzey & Frank Knight Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, my birding bible.
Y is for Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, nemesis of witjuti grubs and feller of small wattles in the process. The power of their bite is incredible, once in East Gippsland we heard cracking noises and looked up to see a YTB tearing chunks of hard red wood out of a dead mahogany gum.
So ends this version of the Avian Alphabet, click pictures to enlarge.