Monday, February 15, 2010

Lorikeet, Crested Grebe go it alone

Many birds appear happy with their own company, but it was a surprise to see usually extremely sociable Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) feeding alone in a Euodia (Corkwood) for three days.

Noticed it never flew from branch to branch in its tree beside the Tyto lookout shelter. Perhaps it couldn't fly? Also, very trusting. Perhaps part tame? Several lengthy chats with the bird didn't resolve questions. No sign of it today. Maybe just a happy loner.

Much less common species in Tyto, but often a loner, Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) floated into distant view yesterday. First sighting for more then two years. Waited for an hour. Bird began paddling nearer. The only other two people in Tyto all morning wandered innocently along. Bird skittered off to other end of lagoon. No sign of it today. One bird. One tick. One year or two till next?


mick said...

My favorite yard birds! - rainbow loriketts that is. I'm sure glad I planted grevilleas for them!

Tyto Tony said...

Sure are lovely to look at - if slightly less attrasctive of voice.

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