The birds are gradually drifting back into town as the countryside dries up, and it’s good to see them but we generally don’t take much notice unless there’s some unusual activity amongst them. There was quite a flurry when I was in the garden yesterday afternoon and I put down my rake to get my camera.
Within just five or ten minutes I saw a White-gaped Honeyeater (Lichenostomus unicolor), a White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis), a Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus), two Helmeted Friarbirds (Philemon buceroides) and the Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) pictured above. (The others didn’t permit good photos so the links take you to older shots and stories on this blog.) The commotion seemed to have something to do with the first being harassed by either or both of the next two, but I don’t know much more than that. I do blame the weather for unsettling them all, however: there had been a gust of wind bringing a cooler, damper change in the weather and the approach of rain often appears to trigger their movement.
The rain, by the way, seems to have set in for a while. Today was our coolest day since last winter, with drizzle, rain and a maximum of only 20C. (I know, that’s not cool to anyone living south of, say, Brisbane and our winter is not really a winter either, but it’s all relative and our temperatures have been up around 28C for the last few weeks.)