Migration is in full swing, on my first visit for the month (3.3.19) I saw this female Satin Flycatcher (above), a rare migrant for Brisbane, with Leaden Flycatchers, Golden Whistlers, Rufous Whistler, Black-faced Monarch, Spectacled Monarchs and Rufous Fantail all in the same area. I had seen a Satin Flycatcher last early November, a male, this time the striking darker colours of this female caught my attention as the very similar Leaden Flycatcher is much lighter. This bird perched quietly at mid canopy for a while allowing me to notice the blue sheen on the head as well as the light brown edges of the wing feathers and just like the male in November it was slightly larger than a Leaden Flycatcher.
The Great Egret in all its beauty.
Rufous-tailed Bush-hen seen from the eastern bridge.
I had heard from the locals that there was a Wallaby in the Reserve, it was very nice to finally find this Red-necked Wallaby.
Welcome Swallows chasing each other.
Eastern Water Dragon enjoying the creek flowing again.
The following selection of photos shows three different species of birds all sharing a migratory behaviour and an orange-rufous plumage.
Immature female Leaden Flycatcher, above and below.
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (below).
female, with dull crown and mantle feathers. It was feeding on caterpillars and also enjoying the sunshine, showing the beautiful iridescent green and bronze colours of its feathers.
Australian Gull - Cepora perimale
It was nice to see this Brown Cuckoo-Dove visiting the Reserve as they are not commonly seen here, it was quietly enjoying berries on a low bush. The fine barring across the chest and neck suggests it's a female.
As March moves on, the number of Silver-eyes (as well as all other migrants) grows, on the 15th a flock of about 15 birds criss-crossed the area searching for food, loosely followed by a single female Mistletoebird which is another rare visitor to Banks Street Reserve.
List of migratory and uncommon birds (for Banks Street Reserve) seen or heard on 15.3.19:
Shining Bronze Cuckoo
A male Varied Eggfly - Hypolimnas bolina
A female Variegated Fairywren below.
On March 22, I accidentally flushed a White-throated Nightjar, I heard a quick noise from the ground not far from me, a couple of wing flaps and the bird flew off silently, I could see the camouflaged plumage and I noticed its buoyant flight, it happened in a relatively open area in that part of the bush that all birds seem to favour. No previous record of this bird here. I hope I'll see it again one day.
Immature Fan-tailed Cuckoo above.
Immature Rufous Whistler above.
An immature Tawny Grassbird above, this is the second time I see a Tawny Grassbird at Banks Street Reserve, in Autumn again, last year, it would be nice if they chose to stay.
An immature Common Cicadabird above, like all the other Common Cicadabirds I saw here, only staying a little while, on its way to somewhere else.
Great Egret (above).
Brown Goshawk above and a pair below, circling above their territory over Banks Street Reserve.
For this busy migration month I have visited the Reserve 12 times, I saw a total of 75 species of birds, on average 44 species per outing. Here is the March list on eBird which includes the birds seen by other birders.