In the moment

The last day of summer.

My early evening walk in the Mia Mia was punctuated with the sounds of migrants about to depart and residents alike. Rainbow Bee-eaters were trilling in the distance, while local stayers could be heard calling as evening approached – Red-capped Robin, Chestnut-rumped Hylacola and Speckled Warbler – all within metres of each other. The highlight was watching one of the more mundane residents – a Brown Treecreeper. I’ve photographed them a bit lately but was delighted to witness a tiny cameo –  the bird removed a spent feather from its wing, then perched displaying it for a minute or so before gently letting go … the feather fluttering gently to the ground at my feet. Not a bad way to usher in the autumn.


Male Red-capped Robin, Mia Mia Track, 29th February 2016


Brown Treecreeper






That feather … landed at my feet!


Yellow-tufted Honeyeater on lookout duty

6 responses to “In the moment

  1. Delightful post as usual Geoff!

  2. So beautiful. I’m very jealous of all the wonderful birds you see around you – I would love to see a rainbow bee eater – but so far have only spotted them on a visit to Darwin. It’s such a treat to see each new post as appear in my inbox!

    • Thanks! Congratulations on your blog too – are you OK if I put a link to it from Natural Newstead? Cheers, geoff

      • I would be delighted! My attempts at bird photography aren’t a patch on yours, but I reckon it’s interesting to compare the landscapes and season, not to mention the fauna and flora, of different parts of the country. Looking forward to your next post!

  3. What a wonderful story about the ‘spent feather’. Thank you as always for sharing your news. Life would never be the same without your observations.

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