River citizens

Just downstream of the highway bridge over the Loddon at Newstead is always a good spot for birds. At this time of year Sacred Kingfishers, Clamorous Reed-warblers and White-backed Swallows have arrived to breed, joining local residents such as the Rufous Night Herons. These birds can be seen throughout the year, usually three or four individuals together – although it appears numbers may be even healthier, with six seen last Saturday evening.

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Rufous Night Heron, Loddon River @ Newstead, 25th October 2014.

They are wary at dusk as they come down from their roosts in the fringing River Red-gums to hunt for aquatic prey along the water’s edge. The adults are a rich, rufous colour above with several slender white plumes arising from the dark grey nape.

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See if you can spot the two birds in this photograph.

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Adult Rufous Night Heron disturbed from its roost.

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Always wary!

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Two of the six birds seen on dusk.

One response to “River citizens

  1. lynette amaterstein

    Thank you Geoff, will make a visit there shortly. Great pics.

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