As the weather finally begins cooling, the season changes and the rains come, the migratory birds are on the move, and there is a short period where you can be surprised or disappointed walking into a forest on a bird walk. On a recent walk through Oatley Park Reserve the abscence of the Summer migrants was noticeable and even the resident perennial birds were quiet after the weeks of heavy rains we had just experienced. The faithful Grey Fantail appeared to brighten my day, probably more out of curiosity than anything else. Click on photos to enlarge.
It is always a delight to see this bird flitting about fanning its tail and making its gentle excited high pitched call and flying off a limb to catch an insect on the fly, then returning to the same branch. But the greatest delight and usually unexpected is the appearance of the Rufous Fantail.
This bird is outstandingly beautiful when the sun illuminates its tail when it is fanning. It is both a bird photographers delight but more so a challenge to get the tail open shot as it only lasts a fraction of second most of the time. You may see a small flock of these birds passing through the under growth and lower canopy, often with the Grey Fantail. They may be there a few days and then gone, appearing again unexpectedly at a later date. They are more common in the north east of Australia and are classified as a summer breeding migrant. Of course these are by no means great photos, as this is all I got that day, and I have showcased excellent photos of this bird in previous posts. Sometimes this is all you get, a brief look through the bush, a moment of splendour.
The changing seasons brings both uncertain weather, temperatures and birding as winter approaches. Of course I did see other common resident birds on my walk, which can easily be taken for granted since they are always seen there. The Australian Black-backed Magpie is a common resident I saw on the day.
Since my walk was cut short by time restraints this was all I found among the passerines on the day. As all good birders know, if you want to see birds you often have spend the time waiting patiently for them to pass through their feeding tree corridors.
Like this lonely mushroom I saw that had sprouted after the long wet period, you can feel quite alone in a forest when you do not hear the birds calling. There is a spooky silence in the forest, an emptiness that is difficult to explain. We are so blessed having so many beautiful birds with so many beautiful song tunes, we need desperately to conserve and preserve them from extinction, after all, we were all given the commission to care for and lovingly rule over the other creatures.
‘So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
“Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.’ – Genesis 27-30
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