The variety of birds to be found along the Loddon River at Newstead is marvellous. Not just typical waterbirds, such as the Dusky Moorhen, pictured below – but a wide range of resident bush birds, such as the Eastern Yellow Robin (the river corridor is a stronghold), migrants such as the Sacred Kingfisher and various raptors. A highlight on a brief excursion last evening was observing a juvenile Grey Shrike-thrush, learning to fossick for insects in the undergrowth. It didn’t seem to have much of an idea as it peeled off small strips of bark, apparently thinking they were tucker. The juveniles are much more varied in colour and markings than the sleek grey adults.
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