Thursday, 21 August 2014

Spring is in the air

It's only just past mid August, and spring isn't officially here till September, but the birds don't know that.   On both the local walks I've done this week, the birds are busy, either checking out nest sites, courting or some are being more visible and vocal than usual.

This is one of a pair of Eastern Rosellas that were checking out hollow spouts and hollows in the gums along the creek.

Earlier I'd seen two involved in a mid air fight and they were then joined by a third and a Rainbow Lorikeet.   Unfortunately it came out of the blue behind me so no photos.   It's not something I've seen before, and I have the feeling that it may have related to a nest site.

On today's walk I surprised a couple of birds that I don't usually see locally, although I do occasionally see Australian Darters.   This one was on a tree bough in a dam initially, but once I stopped he struggled to this lowish bow and tried to dry his wings.  They're a handsome bird with that whitish streak and rich rufous on the throat.  They're obviously in the same family as Anhingas.

The next bird I surprised is quite uncommon this far south, and in my area.   It's a White-necked Heron, although I think the name has been changed back to Pacific Heron. 

This Sulphur-crested Cockatoo spent ages with its head in a hollow where I think a pair nested last year while it's mate watched.

Once it had finished with the hollow, they adjourned to an adjacent tree, and one bird preened the other.

Spring is certainly in the air!