Thursday, 30 November 2017

Fairy Dell _ Rufous Fantail

The Rufous Fantail is a truly delightful summer visitor to our neck of the woods. It would be one of my favourite birds both for their plumage and typical fantail behaviour. During a recent visit by Birdlife East Gippsland to Fairy Dell near Wiseleigh, a pair was spotted constructing their nest.

Rufous Fantail Rhipidura rufifrons

Monday, 27 November 2017

Bruthen _ Square-tailed Kite

I am fairly certain this is the third year that Square-tailed Kites have bred in this location. Whilst having had two offspring last year, there appears to be just one this year. These images were taken on 27 November 2017. According to Morcombe, the chicks are initially in white down which is lost by about 3 weeks of age. Our chick is still quite white so must be less than 3 weeks. They fledge at about  9 weeks old so a bit more time yet to observe the growing chick.

Square-tailed Kite Lophoictimia isura