A good year for orioles

It’s been a very good year for Olive-backed Orioles.

As expected for this time of year, small flocks of these beautiful songsters are descending on the local fig trees to feast on the ripening fruit before heading north again for winter. The number of juvenile birds indicate a successful breeding season.

I was interested to see some of the birds foraging in a small stand of Kangaroo Apple Solanum laciniatum, the ripe orange fruits perhaps serving as an entree to the meal of figs.

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Juvenile Olive-backed Oriole with fig, Loddon River @ Newstead, 27th March 2021

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Down the hatch!

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Note the rufous edging on the wing coverts of the juvenile

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Adult female in Kangaroo Apple

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