Insect-Eaters

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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