The deep resonating coo of the Pied Imperial Pigeons alerted me to their presence in the tall tree outside my bedroom window this afternoon.
After visiting the Tumuli Lava Blisters we drove on to Lake Condah (south Western Victoria) where we had the pleasure of spotting some Hoary Headed Grebe and Eurasion Cootes (a couple of these are my brother’s photos) we were both snapping away like mad. Also a black fronted dotterel (a first for my brother but common for me in Queensland).
Last weekend was birdwatching with Birdlife Townsville. Having had just 77mm (about 3 inches) of rain in the last month – there was visible water in one of the lagoons. The average for January is 270mm (10.5 inches).
We saw 37 species down again on last month’s 45…once again mostly bush birds virtually no waders.
When I got home, I found I should have gone golfing instead of birdwatching, both my husband and son came home gushing with how I would have loved it, all the spoonbills, pelicans and egrets that they had seen. The golfcourse borders the wetland where I go birdwatching and is very picturesque with man-made lakes. Luckily the birds have somewhere to go when the natural waterways are dry.
This morning was birdwatching with Birdlife Townsville. Long term residents were amazed at the lack of water in the wetlands having never seen it this low. Consequently only 45 species spotted this morning and they were almost all bush birds, hardly any waders.