Category Archives: Raptors

What’s the fuss?

I was fascinated by the behaviour of these Red-rumped Parrots last week at Cairn Curran.

These images include two separate flocks that I observed whirling in seemingly haphazard circuits, followed by brief ‘touchdowns’, and then another burst of erratic flight.

Then a White-bellied Sea-eagle appeared from behind the River Red-gums along the high water mark. Puzzle solved!

Red-rumped Parrots, Cairn Curran, 3rd July 2018

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White-bellied Sea-eagle

Night birds by day

Even in the depths of a central Victorian winter there are is plenty of activity in the bird world to be enjoyed.

This Australian Owlet-nightjar was snapped enjoying a brief burst of sunshine at the entrance to its roosting hollow, while Powerful Owls are clearly keeping the local Galah population in check.

Australian Owlet-nightjar, Rise and Shine, 8th July 2018

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Powerful Owl with Galah, Newstead, 8th July 2018

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Three of each

Nothing terribly original here … but these two species have been lining up in front of the camera in recent days, demanding to be seen!

Jacky Winter, Newstead Cemetery, 6th July 2018

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Nankeen Kestrel (female) near Walkers Swamp Moolort Plains, 7th July 2018

Male Nankeen Kestrel on Clarkes Road, Moolort Plains

A different male in the same area

Kites doing ‘good work’

It seems there has been a small influx of Black-shouldered Kites onto the Moolort Plains in recent weeks.

This species, along with the Brown Falcons and Nankeen Kestrel, are very fond of house mice and perform a wonderful ecosystem service in rodent control.

Black-shouldered Kite near Frogmore Swamp, 4th July 2018

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One of a pair near Joyce’s Creek enjoying a meal of Mus musculus

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Its partner

In lieu of sea-eagles

Yesterday afternoon I went searching for sea-eagles at Welshmans Reef. Alas, not a big bird to be seen.

This Nankeen Kestrel provided fine compensation. I spent an hour or so watching it move between different perches along the shoreline.

Nankeen Kestrel, Cairn Curran @ Welshmans Reef, 1st July 2018

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On show at the ‘shine’

‘Twas a ‘fineish’ afternoon at the Rise and Shine. Brief bursts of sunshine were interrupted by misty rain and overcast conditions. The birds were undeterred. The highlight was a flock of ~ 15 Diamond Firetails. Other notable sightings included Scarlet Robin, Varied Sittella, Little Eagle, Golden Whistler and various honeyeaters – New Holland, Brown-headed, White-naped and Yellow-tufted.

Diamond Firetail, Rise and Shine, 30th June 2018

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Jacky Winter perched in Tree Violet

Fencing wire is a favourite perch

Eastern Yellow Robin

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Tranquil scenes

Great Egret, Joyce’s Creek @ Cairn Curran, 22nd June 2018

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Female Nankeen Kestrel

Is that the Sea of Tranquility?