Autumn by the Loddon

I like autumn – the long, still days and lingering warmth are welcome, when followed by cool nights and a touch of crispness in the mornings.

Down by the river everything seems to have slowed a little but there are still some wonderful offerings if you are patient. A family of Crested Shrike-tits (only the female is pictured here), were making merry snatching insects from the lerp-inested leaves of a forest of River Red-gum saplings – a product of the 2010/11 floods. I didn’t actually see them taking any lerp but suspect that was on the menu, or at least the magnet for other insects providing a meal for the shrike-tits.

Crested Shrike-tit (female), Loddon River @ Newstead, 7th March 2017

Gathering bugs from amongst the red gums

An adult Nankeen Night-heron sporting two magnificent crown plumes, peered down from above – it stepped momentarily into the sunlight which gave me a chance for some terrific views before it flew off.

Nankeen Night-heron, Loddon River @ Newstead, 7th March 2017

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In flight with a Red-rumped Parrot

2 responses to “Autumn by the Loddon

  1. Fascinating shots of the Nankeen Night-heron Geoff. And congratulations on the article about your blog in the Victorian Landcare, Summer Issue 68. The variety and quality of bird photographs chosen for the article was stunning.

  2. These pics are just superb Geoff. Thank you.

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