Last season’s winners

As the next breeding season approaches it’s easy to forget what happened last time around. Nature is a numbers game and progressing from egg to adulthood is a risky business – we usually only see the lucky ones. At this time of year it’s not unusual to see birds in transitional plumage, such as the case with the White-naped Honeyeater and Black-shouldered Kite shown below.

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White-naped Honeyeater (adult), Cemetery Road Newstead, 24th June 2015.

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A few splotches of brown on the head and the orange gape indicate a first year bird.

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Yellow Gum flowers – at their peak.

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Black-shouldered Kite, Joyce’s Creek, 23rd June 2015.

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Traces of buff on the neck – another first year bird.

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