The current drought conditions and unusually warm Spring weather has caused many species from over the ranges to move toward the coast, bringing unexpected sightings of several species of passerines. While I have not been out much , many other birders around Sydney are having surprising finds. This White-necked Heron was a surprise to my wife and I at Oatley Park Reserve.
Many of the winter migrants are in the air and flying back to Australia and New Zealand. Of the birds that did not migrate, the Great Egret and Little Egret are good examples.
The White-faced Heron is the most common wader we see in the Heron family, and is predictably found in the same areas of wetlands..
The Sacred Kingfisher is another bird that is found all year round, as this one was in Oatley park.
The lizards are once again basking in the sun Water Dragons, Skinks and the occasional Red-bellied Black Snake has been sighted.
The Little Pied Cormorant hunts alone as usual, the cormorants are non migratory, and nest in the Sydney parks.
Other water birds that breed locally are The Australasian Grebe, The Royal Spoonbill, Black-winged Stilt, Red-necked Avocet and Masked Lapwing to name a few.
The Eastern Crimson Rosella is a beautiful bird which is often misplaced because of its various calls sounding like chimes, even sometimes like Bell Miners (Bellbirds). This one played hard to get but I did manage these shots and some recorded track of its call.
Spring means we start hearing the continuous call of the Australian Reed Warbler (known previously as the Clamorous Reed Warbler). It is always a challenge to get a good picture of this bird that lives inside the reeds and flies very fast when it sees you.
The Superb Fairy-wren is always around all year round and breeds throughout the year. The male will eclipse possibly twice a year as it moves in and out of breeding plumage.
With all the ripening figs on the many fig varieties in Australia, many of our birds feed from these including the Figbird, which make quite a racket when feeding on ripe figs, they seem to get high on them.
My last bird for this week is this beautiful Yellow Thornbill, which because of its orange chin may be from the Inland race which is not normally seen here on the coast. This may be due to the inland drought causing them, like many other species in search of water and food to fly over the ranges to the coast.
So we wait for our returning Summer birds, and hopefully we will get to see some of these displaced species not normally seen in our coastal areas. I leave this post with the thought that like the birds which hunger and thirst after food and water, taking them into new and interesting vistas, so it can be for each of us when we explore the depths of God’s love for us in Jesus. It is only when we are this hungry and thirsty for change for the best that we will explore God’s offer of abundant life in Jesus.
“…whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – John 4:4
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” – John 6:35
Have a wonderful week birding!