Saturday, May 5, 2012

All gone as Drongo diddles katydid catcher


Lots of Birdlifers up from Townsville today all hoping - and mostly getting - a look at an Australian Little Bittern. Also on show, about 70 other species, not all easily found. Above, White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) up and about before most of the birders.


Most got a good look at this Brush Cuckoo (Cacomantis variolosus). Image is same bird,  same place yesterday. Seems to be only BC left in Tyto. Today it had one Little Bronze Cuckoo - also in short supply lately - for brief company.


No longer greeting visitors at the entry (as above), but today standing around under the carpark bottlebrushes, Bush Thick-knee (Burhinus grallarius). It's rather vain so picture does not show scarred left eye. Perils of running around screaming during the night!



Everywhere, as always, though not always accorded as much camera time as they probably deserve, Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys). Another image from yesterday of action often seen today.


And after most had long gone this Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus) pirated a katydid from a White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike. Nothing dumb about Drongos.
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