Since I moved my office out of a room overlooking the rock pool and
birdbaths, and extended the windows there down to floor level to give a
better view of any comings and goings outside, we've had a great new spot
for breakfast birding.
Plum-headed Finches turned up this-morning for a communal splash around on
the rock, alongside Speckled Warbler, White-throated Honeyeaters,
Yellow-rumped Thornbills and Silvereyes - all regular bathers.
But, breakfasting with an uninterruped view of an expanse of sky, as well as
the garden, has yielded plenty of raptors too. In the last week, we've seen
Spotted Harrier, Black Kite, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Brown Goshawk,
Black-shouldered Kite, and Australian Hobby.
I confess I have been missing the views from my desk in its old location,
but just now, at my new office-spot on the other side of the house, a
Collared Sparrowhawk has dropped onto a shaded birdbath, clutching a big
grasshopper in one foot. I managed a couple of hasty photos, which I'll
attach to the off-line copies of this note, and I'll get them on the
Abberton website as soon as I can.
Right now, Eastern Whipbirds are calling to each other, very loudly and
pretty close by. They come to birdbaths quite often, but I haven't seen them
on this (new) one yet, so I shall sit here for a while with camera nearby.
Lockyer Valley, Queensland.
(27º 34' 21" S; 152º 08' 21" E)
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