Watch on Shining Flycatchers (Myiagra alecto) nearing end. Two young almost ready to begin wobbly walks around edge of nest.
Parents hunting hard much of day to sustain them.
Happily, the hunting goes on well away from the nest. Most pictures have been obtained without risk of giving away exact location.
Fortunately, the main hunting area is close by two small footbridges and major walking tracks.
Even so, only the rarity of the breeding in Tyto led me to many quick checks on the nest. Too much temptation to hang around and risk driving birds off or otherwise putting the parents or eggs in harm's way.
And now for something completely different. Masked Lapwings (Vanellus miles) cruised noisily by main lagoon today. The blue skies are back!
Months of seeing back half of snake slipping away into long Town Common grass without being absolutely sure of species ended with Greater Black Whipsnake yesterday finally presenting front half to camera. The para grass surrounding the pool at Payets tower is probably home to more than six snake species. Mostly they're seen when swimming across open water.
One of their prey targets, Two-lined Dragon well out of snake danger on bonnet of Troopy. Nope, not my doing. It appeared from 'nowhere' the other morn. Clear bonnet one second, Dragon hood ornament the next. Odd, because dragon claws don't grip like skinks'. As seen when it nipped through open driver's door to inside Troopy but was easily scooped up as it kept trying to scale rubber matting over transmission tunnel, getting halfway up only to slide back down again.
Wouldn't be easy scooping metre's worth of Yellow-spotted Monitor from inside Troopy. But though the invitation's been made a few ti…