Friday, February 20, 2015

Yellow Wagtail sightings pose questions

Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis) sightings uncommonly high at Mungalla Station as Ingham experiences its dryest wet season for more than 10 years.

Cannot tell if the birds have all been around since November, or if some have perhaps been south and are returning north, or are latecomers to Australia after quitting the Northern Hemisphere late in the Russian or Japanese winter.

One thing unchanged is the difficulty of sneaking close to the wary, flighty feeders.

But almost got close enough today for 'that' picture. And at least got a good look at highly coloured bird. So long as the dry continues there'll be more chances for closer efforts. 

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