An interesting morning on Monday, despite high winds courtesy of the
tropical cyclone/depression 1000km away, up off Mackay.
Trevor Ford and Neil Bowman were here, and Neil got a lifer early on when a
Black Falcon soared across the garden and over the house. In the next hour
or so, we had Black Kite, Australian Hobby, Nankeen Kestrel, and a Spotted
Harrier, which carried out a systematic survey of the paddock just across
the creek from us. (They had Brown Goshawk just up the road erlier, and we
had Black-shouldered Kite in the afternoon).
The winds were a bit strong for tree-top passerines, but Plum-headed Finches
came and went in small parties to and from creekside herbage. Another lifer
for Neil, so he and Trevor walked along a dry section of the creek bed, and
found a group of about 50 busily feeding. They estimated 80 Plumheads in
all. And later we had one in the birdbath.
Lockyer Valley, Queensland.
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