The Barking Owl showed itself briefly on Saturday evening, flying over the
creek margin - calling as it went.
It has resumed its 5.25 ish wake-up calling, always from the same patch of
trees. Usually, there is intermittent calling for 10 or 15 minutes, and then
we hear the bird more distant.
Last night (Sunday) however, calling resumed close by about half an hour
later and continued for another quite noisy session of 10 or 15 minutes.
Then we realised that we were hearing two birds, one to our left, with
another to our right. We regularly hear the call relocate, upstream,
downstream and on either side of the creek.
So, I think that can be included on the Birds Australia Big Day list, as can
a Grey Goshawk which spent most of yesterday around the place (it's back
this-morning). As a bonus on the Birds Australia birthday, we also got a new
bird for the Abberton list! A Glossy Ibis came through with a party of a
dozen or so Straw-necked Ibis. That makes 193 for the house list.
Two resplendent Azure Kingfishers are regularly standing together on the
same mid-creek stump in front of the house. A couple of years ago, I was
quite mesmerised watching their dancing nuptual interaction. If I see it
again this year, I'll try to be more systematically 'scientific' and write
it up to share with birding-aussers.
Lockyer Valley, Queensland.
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