First day of winter … a highlight!

I hadn’t been out to the Rise and Shine for over a month … it was time for an excursion and the first day of winter was glorious.

The highlight was a party of Crested Shrike-tits. I watched them from close-up, foraging amongst the Long-leaved Box and Yellow Gums for at least half an hour. The birds were unconcerned about me – occasionally dropping almost to ground level as they ripped strips of bark from branches in search of their prey. One of my favourite woodland companions.

Crested Shrike-tit (male), Rise and Shine, 1st June 2017


Crested Shrike-tit (female)



7 responses to “First day of winter … a highlight!

  1. What a beautiful bird! Great shots! 🙂

  2. Is it a black chin on males that differentiate from females please?

  3. Lovely photos BTW, lucky you! 🙂

  4. We had a pair that nested outside our (large) bathroom window. They were always too busy to suggest that it was voyeurism.

  5. A firm favourite, not yet seen at my place, Celia

  6. Gillian Anderson

    Crested Shrike Tits are amongst my favourites. I call them ‘Bovver Bays” as they look like little punks with their cute crests. They sit in the camellia outside the kitchen window and entertain me with their antics. Gillan – Glenrowan

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