13 comments on “The Swifties Have Arrived – Australian Botanic Gardens

  1. Hello Ash,
    Ah, I can now understand why “Swift Parrots” are given their name, and “Swifties” sounds like an endearing term for them. The rainbow coloring underneath when it flight makes it seem as though multiple rainbows are streaking through the sky. They seem so shy and skittish, but I am glad you were blessed with some remarkable views. I admire the tenacity and determination of the Lewin’s Honeyeater, and am glad his efforts paid off 🙂
    It is charming how the younger/immature birds have a healthy curiosity and are not yet as wary of humans. This “innocence” may be fleeting, but what a joy it is to experience it while it lasts.

    Wishing you and your wife (and all your family) a blessed and safe weekend!

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    • Thanks Takami, we hoped to see them again yesterday but the clouds came over and the sun was masked preventing us seeing into the trees. We will try again another time. Yes it is a treat that many juvenile and immature birds are not as human afraid, and has alowed us to get quite close to many over the years.

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    • Thanks Donna, yes we are hoping we will see them again this afternoon. Have a wonderful weekend enjoying your new found home area, and praying your building plans are all going well. 🙂

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  2. Good photos demonstrating how difficult it can be to find birds in the trees. I couldn’t see the honeyeater in the first one, but managed to spy the other parrot in the second one. And good spotting with the swifties! I think I saw swift parrots when I went to Bruny Island last October, but can’t be sure as they were high up in the trees at Adventure Bay and hard to see and couldn’t get any decent photos.

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    • Thanks Sue, Aussie birders have quite a challenge with our small passerines and our thick dark high eucalypt canopies. Yes you would have seen Swifties in Bruny in October as that is their breeding season over there and if they are high in the canopy, very small, green, and hiding in the branches it probably was them. The only other migrating parrot there is the Orange-bellied Parrot which is also endangered but it lacks red on its body. The red around the mouth and under the wing when flying are characteristics of the Swifty, and the speed at which they fly. Enjoy your weekend !

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    • Thanks Deborah, yes they look similar to the Waxwing and do also eat small berries, though they use their straw-like tongue to draw nectar much like your Hummingbirds. Thank you and you enjoy the remainder of your week also, it is quite wintry today with rain and wind as the season changes for us.

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  3. Beaut to know that you’ve been able to get some good sightings, and it seems with a large flock of birds. They are as you say very hard to work with among the leaves and branches.

    Looks like a fine range of other bush birds were happy to have you on their patch.

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    • Thanks David, we are hoping that in the next few weeks we might have another try at sighting these little Swifties as they are a feature of the year for many birders here in the Sydney and greater Sydney area, in fact the locals go out daily checking for signs of them. They are always a challenge to get decent photos of. The best opportunities are always just before sunset on the west side of the tree canopies as the sun shines directly in on them. in 19 the flock had a habit of landing on a dead tree just before sunset, but they have not done this yet, so we are hoping they will again this year as we approach June. Enjoy the week and hope it is not too wet for you as it is here like full blown winter weather. Oh, and Covid has struck in Sydney again and no one knows where it has come from, scary stuff.

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