Lost and found

Sometimes things happen that are right out of left field. A case in point from the weekend – the unmistakable call of White-browed Babbler, churring from the next door yard.

This species is common enough in the bush surrounding Newstead, but a rare visitor to the CBD. It was alone, also highly unusual for such a sociable species. I can only imagine that it had somehow become separated from a family group. I observed the bird as it headed back towards Rotunda Park, managing to get some photos in the grounds of Newstead Primary School. It eventually flew off in purposeful fashion towards the park and I thought that would be the end of the encounter. Much to my surprise it reappeared ten minutes later outside the study window!


White-browed Babbler, Newstead Primary School, 13th September 2015.





I can recall only one previous observation of White-browed Babblers on the home block … let’s hope it’s a sign of resurgence for this charismatic woodland bird. A few other sightings from the weekend feature below.


White-naped Honeyeater enjoying a drink.


White-browed Scrub-wren in the home garden.


Making a racket!

One response to “Lost and found

  1. Geoff you are lucky to have babblers around Newstead. Over here in Maryborough we hardly see any now. Lyle Courtney told me that 20 to 30 years ago there were babblers everywhere in Paddys Ranges; now it’s a rare occasion if we come across any in our walks.

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