Winter update, with signs of spring

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Subject: Winter update, with signs of spring
From: Bill Jolly <>
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2007 11:33:17 +1000
I’ve updated the Abberton website with 26 new photos. Go to

There are several pics of the winter birds that have been turning up, such as 
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater and Western Gerygone – all 
unusual birds for us. Also an assortment of raptors, and a range of our current 
garden birds.

It’s fun in winter to look for signs of spring – well essential really, and 
there is plenty of nesting and pairing activity going on here. Striated 
Pardalotes are yet again refurbishing a favourite nest hole, Eastern Whipbirds 
are creating a great din around the place calling to and pursuing each other. I 
got quite close to a male bird yesterday while he was on the verandah giving 
his ear-splitting whip-crack call, with a female just beneath us in the 
vegetation alongside the house calling her response. I’ve got some photos, but 
they’ve missed this update. Eastern Yellow-robins are paired up, busily, and 
all three local fairywrens are back into full male plumage, (Superb, Variegated 
and Red-backed).

I found a paddock the other day with 14 Banded Lapwings dotted around, all 
paired off and spaced around the field in a way that indicates nesting to me.

Two Black-necked Storks together in a local pond on Friday, but although 
they’re pretty regular in the valley, I don’t think they’ll be breeding here 
any time soon.

I’m very pleased with the Canon 400D camera I’m using, though it’s still 
stretching me rather than me stretching it. I’ll try to update more pics later 
this week.

All the best

Bill Jolly

Lockyer Valley, Queensland.

(27º 34' 21" S; 152º 08' 21" E)
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