Subtle shift

There has been a changing of the guard in recent days.

I spotted my first Flame Robin for the autumn two days ago, a female, arriving furtively to drink at a small bush dam. A number of Golden Whistlers also visited the water, a beautiful male avoided my camera. In the distance an Eastern Spinebill was calling, the first I’ve heard since last winter.

Around town in recent days both Shining Bronze-cuckoos and Fantailed Cuckoos have been calling, most likely birds heading northwards on their annual passage, although a few individuals remain in the box-ironbark over the cooler months. Meanwhile the usual array of honeyeaters complement the picture, as the subtle shift to winter beckons.


Flame Robin, Mia Mia Track, 22nd April 2022


Immature Golden Whistler


White-naped Honeyeater




Yellow-faced Honeyeater


Yellow-tufted Honeyeater



3 responses to “Subtle shift

  1. equus66optusnetcomau

    Thanks for these beautiful shots Geoff. It cheers the spirit.

    Rod Horsfield

  2. delinec09a0f2bc1

    Oh Geoff, I love receiving your newsletter, I slowly learn… Thank you. I have tried to respond before, but could not log in. I am pleased to see the new comment at the bottom of the email that I can click reply. I appreciate your work and your knowledge, and thank you for sharing it. Regards Del Skinner

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  3. Thanks for those photos. I knew I had a new honeyeater visiting, but I didn’t know it was the yellow faced till this post.

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