Today I drove out to Swallow Lagoon. The small birds were quite numerous; but very flighty. It seems mating season has started.
Also the orchids are starting to appear, plenty of green hoods and Small Gnat-orchids are just coming through.
Had a look around Swallow Lagoon three weeks ago, the bird life was very scarce, apart from five Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos.
So it was eyes to the ground. Found a scattering of small Mosquito orchids these were in patches around Swallow Lagoon.
I was standing near the entrance to Lake Guyatt looking along flooding creek towards Sale, when I heard a squeak and out flew an Azure Kingfisher. It landed on a post adjacent to the overflow from Lake Guthridge, it then flew up the creek. It came back a few minutes later, and I had enough time to take some photos. Looks like they are nesting along the outflow as another came out and both were sitting in the same post, they were to quick for me to get a photo.
Saw this Kooka at Herb Guyatt Reserve yesterday sitting about 20 feet away.
Due to other commitments I have not been able to get out birding as I would like. Had a spare morning three weeks ago and went out to Swallow Lagoon. The small birds were very scarce; but I did tick a first a White-winged Triller.
This was the best photo I could get of the White-winged Triller.
In a tree beside the Triller a Dusky Woodswallow and one of its young.
Back at Lake Guyatt The Mistletoe birds were out, couldn't get a good photo of the female as she was too high and obscured by the mistletoe. Here's a couple of shots of the male.
As normal the fantails were every where this one sat just in camera focus.
I have been trying to get a photo of a Lathams Snipe which has been around Flooding Creek. Unfortunately it has seen me 5 times out of 5; but whilst the Snipe beat me I did get a glimpse of a Lewin's Rail (I think) Not a good photo as the light was against me.
I have not been doing very much birding lately, family commitments. Managed to get up early last Saturday and went for a walk around Guyatt Reserve and Lake Guyatt.
The Kookaburras at Guyatt Reserve were plentiful, parents and their young.The Golden Whistlers were calling and managed to get a couple of photos of a Crested Shrike Tit.
Lake Guyatt produced its normal array of species all lounging on the small mud flats, and the Mistletoe birds were busy along flooding creek.
Female Mistletoe Bird.
This Male Mistletoe Bird was very high in the tree and would not sit still. same with the one below.