It seems every time I go out with my camera lately, I come across a lifer or two. I have so many new birds to share.
This week my hubby (aka my driver) had a weekday "rostered day off". So, after an early doctor's appointment, we went to a local birding area in Wellington Point that I had heard has hundreds of migratory waders (more lifers there). That 100-400mm lens on my wish list would have been brilliant. After that we drove down to Wellington Point Reserve & beach, on Moreton Bay, for a walk along the water. Here I discovered more lifers.
While walking along the path near the mangrove trees, I heard an unusual call in a tree, so I took a closer look and discovered a fluffy juvenile bird sitting on a branch nearby it's nest calling for it's parents I assume. The adults were nowhere to be seen so I snapped a few shots having no idea what it was.
And here are the adults that turned up about half an hour later. They were acting very territorial and chased away a Sacred Kingfisher (I got a single shot of it before it took off with the 2 Cuckoo-shrikes going after it)
I still had no idea that the baby was related to the adult birds as they were a few trees away. Thankfully I am a member of 3 birding groups on Facebook and 2 of the members were able to ID the young bird.
Did you know: Cuckoo-shrikes are neither cuckoos nor shrikes, but are so called because their feathers have similar patterns to those of cuckoos and their beak shape resembles that of shrikes.
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