Open days this weekend and Italian Festival next weekend mean big increases in Tyto visitor numbers. For those not able to make it - and for most who did, but didn't get lucky - a few birds from the past week or so.
Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton)
Yellow Honeyeater (Lichenostomus flavus)
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)
Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus)
Helmeted Friarbird (Philemon buceroides) Click pix to enlarge
Sea change today failed to find any rarities on the coast at Lucinda (famed for 5km sugar jetty: Yasi-damaged) but did yield a Beach Thick-knee (Esacus neglectus) out hunting soldier crabs (noted for marching forward and not sideways).
The crabs stopped marching and spiralled into the sand and safety and the bird (formerly Beach Stone-curlew) strode off.
Then took off just as we were striding along nicely together.
Left me a bit peeved, but too sunny a day to get crabby. Click pix to enlarge