There’s a certain rhythm to this time of year – the short run up to Xmas is nestling feeding time for a few of our colourful migrants. Rainbow Bee-eaters and Sacred Kingfishers are busy ferrying a selection of tasty morsels to their young. I’ doubt that I’ll ever tire of watching these birds!
Sacred Kingfisher with skink, Loddon River @ Newstead, 17th December 2017
Arriving at the nest
The male arrives at the nest
The male departing
A distant shot of the pair … with yabbies
While watching the Rainbow Bee-eaters yesterday morning there were plenty of distractions – high above and down below!
Wedge-tailed Eagle, Sandon State Forest, 16th December 2017
Have just spent a pleasant morning watching Rainbow Bee-eaters in the Sandon bush.
This female alighted briefly above the nest site, performed a couple of stretches and then was gone in a flash – into the tunnel to resume incubating.
Rainbow Bee-eater (female), Sandon State Forest, 16th December 2017
I checked on this Eastern Yellow Robin nest last evening – just a single egg being incubated … must be almost ready to hatch.
Eastern Yellow Robin on nest, Sandon State Forest, 14th December 2017
An unexpected surprise was coming across a few Rainbow Bee-eaters nesting nearby. I’ll be back to track their progress over coming days.
Rainbow Bee-eater nest site, Sandon State Forest
A close-up of the tunnel
A kaleidoscopic blur leaves the nest!
It hasn’t exactly been a bumper year for migratory waders at Cairn Curran. This Red-necked Stint is the only bird I’ve seen so far this season – happy in the company of a flock of Red-capped Plovers. Conditions are excellent for waders at present and will improve in coming months as the water recedes to reveal expanses of mudflats. It will be fascinating to see what turns up.
Red-necked Stint amongst Red-capped Plovers, Cairn Curran, 12th December 2017
Red-necked Stint (background) with Red-capped Plover
Female (at left) and male Red-capped Plovers
Male Red-capped Plover
It’s nice to see the Powerful Owls back in their favourite haunts.
They’ve been missing since early winter and I had thought they might have moved on to quieter surrounds. I spotted the pair over the weekend and then a single bird a couple of days later. I can’t be sure but the single bird looks a little different – makes me wonder if it might be an immature individual … thoughts welcome.
Powerful Owls, Loddon River @ Newstead, 9th December 2017
Powerful Owl, 11th December 2017
These two Nankeen Kestrels, last featured on the 28th November, are growing fast. They are now almost fully grown and look very much like the adults – the fine dark streaks on the crown and breast a feature of juvenile birds.
Nankeen Kestrels, Moolort Plains, 10th December 2017
Caught by a puff of breeze