Birdlife of Rollingstone Creek

Last week’s post celebrated the dragonflies of Rollingstone Creek, just North of Townsville, but the birdlife deserves its share of attention, too. I saw most of the same species as on my first visit but some were more obliging this time.

Portraits …

Forest Kingfisher, Todiramphus macleayii
Forest Kingfisher, Todiramphus macleayii

White-browed Robin, Poecilodryas superciliosa
White-browed Robin, Poecilodryas superciliosa
Brown-backed Honeyeater, Ramsayornis modestus
Brown-backed Honeyeater, Ramsayornis modestus

…and a family album:

Spangled Drongo, Dicrurus bracteatus
Spangled Drongo, Dicrurus bracteatus
Spangled Drongo, Dicrurus bracteatus
Nest of Spangled Drongo with three chicks just visible
Spangled Drongo, Dicrurus bracteatus
Spangled Drongo adult at the nest

I could almost have included the Drongo with the black birds I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, but it is so much smaller (around 30 cm compared to the 45 – 50 cm of the chough, currawong and crows), and its long forked tail is so distinctive, that there is no great possibility of confusing them in real life.

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