Sunday, January 4, 2015

Brown Songlarks stay singing in the rain

Found family of three Brown Songlark (Cincloramphus cruralis) a fortnight back uncommonly near coast at Orient Station rather than inland over the Great Divide.

Managed long shot of female but immature bird and the always larger male proved much flightier.

Three trips later and yesterday managed to drive up close enough to get decent images of the immature bird just after it  finished bathing in small road puddle. Much singing in light drizzle followed between distant mother and child before both flew off. Didn't see or hear the male.

Steady overnight rain, which looks likely to continue most of today, may drive the birds back west (where the Wet is desperately needed with a three-year drought declared in many areas).

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