Being in a different hemisphere meant that I missed the arrival of a number of spring migrants this year.
Before I left in mid-September all five cuckoos (Pallid, Fan-tailed, Black-eared, Horsfield’s and Shining Bronze) had arrived, along with White-winged Trillers. Returning at the weekend I was pleased to now see the three species pictured below in their usual haunts.
A number of Olive-backed Orioles were calling beautifully at the Rise and Shine, while along the Loddon River both Rufous Songlarks and Sacred Kingfishers (two pairs) could be easily located from their distinctive and far-carrying calls. These three very different birds share a common attribute, each is a spring breeding migrant to central Victoria after spending the winter in northern Australia.