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.