Autumn brings cooler weather and an absence of summer birds. However, one can be surprised with the unexpected appearance of unusual birds. I was visiting clients and while travelling to my next this beautiful Square-tailed Kite appeared in the sky, so I quickly drew my ever ready camera to catch these shots,
The square tail was somewhat worn but the wing markings were quite specific, and this was one of the largest kites I have ever seen. The next day when walking with my wife in the Royal National Park we were delighted to see the bright easily seen features of the male Scarlet Honeyeater, moving rapidly through the lower canopy pf the tall eucalypts..
It was also a bonus to see juveniles moving with their father.
The Yellow-faced Honeyeater is also an endurant winter bird seen during the changing seasons. Click on photo to enlarge.
Lastly, this female Satin Bowerbird was heard calling wih its most unusual call, making it easy to spot.
This time of year the native flowers are few, with the Banksia and Mountain Devil being the vital sustaining flowers for the honeyeaters until spring. Howerver, it was surprising to find this last flowering wildflower continuing to bloom,
It is the unexpected findings that bring the greatest delight when birds are few, during the changing seasons. Life is like that, we don’t get excited about our common birds unless we spy them doing uncommon things. We are always looking for the uncommon and interesting to delight us. We have always found our Father God a faithful provider of unexpected birding delights.
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4