Minor scuffle and a few ruffled feathers today outside my caravan. Not a lot of love among birders for the Common Myna (Sturnus tristis). But it’s a bit late to send them back to India and Afghanistan after 130 years of being invited to tag along with our urban sprawl and copious waste. Besides what other species picks up huge amounts of litter and tucks it away in nests?
Seldom come across Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus) sitting around so openly as above (on very low branch), at Jourama Falls this week. More often, they sit unseen on the ground by day, and ‘chop chop’ through summer nights.
Recent rain means Riverview Creek at Jourama is running high, but the rusty Camry has given way to a bit more Toyo (T. troopy) grunt and clearance.
And, happy link between road and nature, Striped Skink (poss. Ctenotus Spaldingi) checks out an old wheel that floated into Tyto on floodwaters last year (NB: editorial restraint on puns).