October 17, 2018



Warm, sultry overcast weather with storms. 

The farmers hate this weather- too late for rain to do any good and it spoils the hay!

However, strange things blow in with a north-east weather system.

Large flocks of White-browed Woodswallows hunting for insects over the treetops.

Pair of White-browed Woodswallows 


Photo G. Cheers



Then a weird metallic trumpeting, muttering and cackling call and 2 Dollarbirds appear on the scene. 


Magpies, Striated Pardalotes and Red Wattlebirds get a run as do the Woodswallows.


Dollarbird at Carapooee West  


Photo A Hughes


A quite large and chunky bird with a most distinctive flight pattern and a white circular patch on each wing- the eponymous dollar.

Checking on the distribution in the Birdlife Atlas, these are rare visitors to our region.


This is the first sighting I have had of this species in our region in 37 years- so a new species for our BIrd List.





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