We spent a v nice birdy Xm week on a property/accom. , ‘Ecocrackenback’ (look it up online; highly recommended to birdos & nature lovers:
all the breeding is still going on up there) , up Wolondilly Rd c. 10 mins up the Alpine Way fr Jindabyne. The chalet we had, provided constant amusement fr the front terrace: to the left were 2 w wagtails doing the job-swapping on a nest; to the right were
2 sacred kingfishers doing the job-swapping of feeding dependent young in a burrow in a tree trunk [i.e. not the usual clay bank or termite mound ; I’d never known of such a burrow for this bird & on consulting Slater f guide read that only birds in the west
make & use such burrows; however there they were.]
The wagtails, espec., in the eve, did a lot of malignant dive-bombing, circling, swooping & attempted pecking of each kingfisher who
would sit quite still & maintain a stern & stolid composure @ all such times.
From: David Cook [
Sent: Tuesday, 2 January 2018 3:40 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Eastern Yellow Robin, Wamboin
Hi. We also have an early candidate for our Backyard Bird of the Year - this Eastern Yellow Robin paid a visit to our birdbath on the first day of the year.
It's our first record of EYR in the 31 years we have lived here. Looks like a young bird, probably just passing through from/to places unknown. It's amazing how these dispersers find water - who knows what else passes through without our noticing?