Participants on one of our regular bird photography courses will recognise this location – with or without the Australian Owlet-nightjar at home.
A visit yesterday afternoon to the Rise and Shine revealed this little beauty to be in residence – facing west to glean the last rays of a fading afternoon sun – which of course ducked behind the cloud as the camera came out!
The Rise and Shine has some nice alluvial drainage lines, dominated by Yellow Box, River Red-gum and one of my favourite trees, Long-leaved Box. Maligned by wood cutters, and dare I say some foresters, this species is excellent for wildlife – larger specimens produce a diversity of hollows and the dark foliage provides shade and protection. The owlet was in a smaller box-tree (visible to the right of the large tree pictured below).