Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Today the trees are full of Forests

Suddenly Tyto's alive with Forest Kingfishers (Todiramphus macleayii). The pattern repeats every year, yet the day always comes as a surprise.

Today was the day. Yesterday, two or three here or there. Today, six here, six there, and more elsewhere.

For all their numbers, not one bird allowed close approach. On rare occasion Forests will ignore someone walking up. Hope it's soon!

Bad news at Shining Flycatcher nest. No sign of female for three days. Scrambled across to nest. No sign any eggs. Nest not quite fully lined. Appears male and were abandoned.

But the four young Comb-crested Jacanas continue to thrive on the lily pads out in front of the lookout.

Also thriving, Agile Wallabies. Perhaps last year's flooding triggered heavy breeding to replace the losses. Certainly numbers bounced back speedily.

This joey about due to quit the pouch.


mick said...

Beautiful kingfishers! Too bad about the Shining Flycatchers but the pictures you got while they were there were more than most of us ever see. Great that the young Jacanas are still doing well.

Mosura said...

Fortunately not a case of 'not seeing the forests from the trees'. Nice shots!

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Mick: Turns out I spoke too soon.

Thanks Mosura.

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