On this little excursion I headed off chasing Sacred Kingfishers and Rainbow Bee-eaters, but came home with a different scalp … close up views of a Square-tailed Kite!
While the kingfishers and bee-eaters were spotted they didn’t behave for the camera. The kite on the other hand appeared in a typically astonishing manner – directly overhead at tree-top height, the alarm calls of wattlebirds and other honeyeaters announcing its presence. Square-tailed Kites are spring migrants that arrive each year from northern climes to breed in the box-ironbark country surrounding Newstead. They are beautiful and distinctive raptors. Watch out for them in town over the next few months as they glide through in search of birds, their main prey, which they snatch from the eucalypt canopy.