Starting to move

The arrival of Olive-backed Orioles usually marks the appearance of warmer spring weather around Newstead. I heard my first for the season, near South German Track, on Saturday.

The brilliant red iris of the adult oriole is a striking feature, contrasting with the plumage which can make this species hard to see amongst the foliage as it searches for caterpillars and other insect prey. Olive-backed Orioles are an interesting bird. They spend most of the year with us, departing when the last of the autumn fruits are done. I last spotted one in early May, feasting on figs near the Loddon River. I’ve no real idea of where they go over the cooler months – there are a few isolated local reports during June/July but the main influx of birds occurs in September. At this time they are quite vocal and I suspect more birds over-winter than we realise – remaining silent and therefore easily missed.

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Olive-backed Oriole, South German Track, 21st August 2021

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Mistletoebird (male), Mia Mia Track

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Little Pied Cormorant, Bell’s Lane Track

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4 responses to “Starting to move

  1. Grea

    On Mon., 23 Aug. 2021, 9:52 am Natural Newstead, wrote:

    > Geoff Park posted: “The arrival of Olive-backed Orioles usually marks the > appearance of warmer spring weather around Newstead. I heard my first for > the season, near South German Track, on Saturday. The brilliant red iris of > the adult oriole is a striking feature, contrastin” >

  2. Thank you. I love all your beautiful photos.

    Margaret McDonald Dubbo NSW

  3. Marjorie Hammond

    Really brightend up our day with your beautiful photos. Ken and Marjorie

  4. Patrick Kavanagh

    Great shots, Geoff.

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