Transition time

Over the past week I’ve heard Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Sacred Kingfisher and Rainbow Bee-eater, all three are spring migrants about to head north, as well as Pied Currawongs, autumn migrants, arriving from the hills in good numbers. A single Swift Parrot was also spotted departing the backyard Yellow Gums, chased by a Red Wattlebird. ‘Swifties’ are back from Tasmania and I’m hoping to have a good look for them over the weekend in the Muckleford bush.

Last evening on a drive across the plains I came across a pair of Blue-winged Parrots, feeding on seeding grasses. This species is always a delight to encounter. It arrives in small flocks during autumn, after breeding further south, either in Tasmania or coastal forests in Victoria. More commonly seen on the plains country it also can be found in box-ironbark forests and woodlands.

Earlier I’d come across a young Wedge-tailed Eagle, standing aside a road-killed Red Fox. Quite a sight as it departed with ravens in pursuit.

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Wedge-tailed Eagle (immature), Locks Lane Moolort Plains, 25th March 2021

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III … pursued by a Little Raven

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Blue-winged Parrot, Clarkes Road Moolort Plains

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One response to “Transition time

  1. amazing photos and bird spotting!

    On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 11:00 AM Natural Newstead wrote:

    > Geoff Park posted: “Over the past week I’ve heard Fan-tailed Cuckoo, > Sacred Kingfisher and Rainbow Bee-eater, all three are spring migrants > about to head north, as well as Pied Currawongs, autumn migrants, arriving > from the hills in good numbers. A single Swift Parrot was al” >

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