While we were in Wentworth, New South Wales, on the Darling
River, birds were unexpectedly scarce, probably because water was
around in abundance and most waterbirds had left for better
Magpie-Lark, Grallina cyanoleuca, Little or Murray Magpie,
Mudlark, Peewie or Peewit, can be found anywhere in Australia
except in direct desert areas.
Here's the other eye in case you wondered where it was hiding.
Pied Butcherbird, Cracticus nigrogularis, a wonderful songbird
getting ready to serenade me early one morning
and breaking into a gurgle of limpid melody. Unfortunately
he has some rather unpleasant traits regarding the nestlings
and eggs of other birds.
The only waterbird I saw was, a Pied Cormorant, Phalacrocorax
varius, drying off after his fishing exploits . . .
Once again I have led you astray and Stewart M has pointed out the error.
This is not a Pied Cormorant but an Australasian Darter,
Anhinga novaehollamdiae, and a lifer for me.
Another look at him
and one more in cased you missed the other two.
Sorry I won't be around next week or the week after - off to the
Flinders Ranges in the far North of our state, bordering on the desert
country. See you all when I'm back!