This last Orange-bellied parrot (OBP) walk for the year started in similar cold and windy conditions to the two winter walks, however we appreciated the fact that it didn’t rain this time. A total of 45 birds were identified.
There were still large areas of water, so there were scores of ducks and other water birds. Of most interest was a clear sighting of some very handsome, long-legged, Black-backed Stilts, and a Royal Spoonbill which landed very near us.
We did our best to flush out parrots from the paddock where lots of Blue-winged parrots had been seen in May, but didn’t but see one parrot there, so there was certainly no chance of seeing an OBP.
Australian Reed Warblers lived up to their previous name of ‘clamorous’ with a wonderful spring chorus in the tall reeds. There were several raptors patrolling the water, and a pair of Swamp Harriers put on a splendid display for us.
Below are all the birds identified on this walk: