Exciting news … Darryl O’Bryan has spotted a Grey Butcherbird on her and Phonse’s property that overlooks the Loddon floodplain, on the outskirts of town. Over the past few days I’ve tried to track it down, without success, but the photographic evidence is indisputable.
The bird, most likely an immature, was observed to take a female Superb Fairy-wren from the ground up into a Murray Pine near the house. It started to eat it, then pushed it up into a fork of the tree – typical butcherbird behaviour.
While I failed in my quest for the butcherbird there was plenty of other bird life on offer in this tranquil spot – a pair of Peaceful Doves in search of a drink the highlight of a hot evening.
I’ll hopefully get a gander of the butcherbird soon! Thanks Darryl for a terrific observation.