A search on the Bureau of Meteorology website, has quite a bit of info on the lack of rain in mid of Australia. See here http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/drought/
At the bottom of the page is a couple of graphs that begin to put it all in perspective.
And as it dries out, it seems, that quite a number of birds are moving south. Or toward the eastern coast.
And we’ve seen quite a change in the numbers of smaller falcons and kites in our area. In the space of a 10 minute drive the other day we saw 14 Nankeen Kestrel.
So we took a trip to the Western Treatment Plant on a sunny morning.
Plenty of Brown Falcon activity and even a pair of Brolga.
This is quite a change in colour from lighter coloured birds at the Plant. I think the rich orange is an indication of a juvenile moulting in.
This Brown was hunting crickets on the roadway verge. It seems to have lost a few feathers in both wings, the fore-wing has a few of the longer feathers missing too.
Nankeen Kestrel on a wing relax
I’m standing on the road, and this one of the pair came to explain territorial rights. It came so fast that the good old D500’s legendary focus missed the head and nailed a sharp tail. Me, I ducked.
And a Nankeen Kestrel at work near the water’s edge alongside Lake Borrie
Enjoy, we did.