The hunter and the hunted

A fortnight ago I went searching for Autumn Greenhoods Pterostylis revoluta along Mia Mia track … without success. By late May I had expected their season to have finished so it was lovely to find a few on a walk in the same area earlier in the week. This magnificent orchid is common in the Newstead bush.

Autumn Greenhood, Mia Mia Track, 22nd May 2017

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It was a marvellous morning for birds – Buff-rumped Thornbills, Weebill, Varied Sitella, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Chestnut-rumped Hylacola (calling) and the highlight – a party of Speckled Warblers! The arrival of a male Collared Sparrowhawk triggered a pause in proceedings as a mixed feeding flock shifted from foraging to ‘freezing’ in an instant.

Male Collared Sparrowhawk

Speckled Warbler … looking slightly nervous!

One response to “The hunter and the hunted

  1. Collared sparrowhawks are gorgeous. I had a pair try to build a nest at the top of my street a couple of years ago. They’d noticed the abundance of prey. Unfortunately the abundance of prey noticed them too. My friendly kooka family gave them so much curry they left for quieter parts.

    On raptors, I’ve been cycling the Lake Macquarie shared path each day and watching the osprey nest at the top of a Speers Point Norfolk Island pine get bigger and bigger. Sometimes I see them arrive with sticks. It’s nice that ospreys are so willing to nest in suburbia.

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