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.
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.