Saturday 30 January 2021

January 2021


For sure, this January was the month of the Rose-crowned Fruit-doves, a pair at least has been seen and heard regularly, feeding on the fruits available on the White Fig and Limeberry.

Limeberry above and White Fig below, the Rose-crowned Fruit-dove's food supply.

Royal Spoonbills

White-browed Scrubwren

Striated Pardalote

Pied Currawong with young.

The young Australian Wood Duck is now totally independent, no parents were around.

Noisy Friarbirds, adult above and a young one just out of the nest below.

Feeding time for the newly fledged Loughing Kookaburra.

Sacred Kingfishers were very busy this month, raising the new generations.

Bar-shouldered Dove

Crested Pigeons

Little-black Cormorant

Torresian Crow

Australian Magpie

Noisy Miner family with food.

A young Spangled Drongo (below) requesting food.

A young Torresian Crow found itself under the nest of the Drongos who were not happy about it and tried to chase it away bomb-diving constantly, although they never really touched the crow.

...and the chicks are fledging.

Variegated Fairywren

Eastern Whipbird

Olive-backed Orioles, adult above and juvenile below.

Immature Black-faced Monarch, first post-breeding bird visiting, starting the autumn migration/movements.

Pale-headed Rosella

Pale-vented Buch-hens

Dusky Moorhen

Australasian Figbird

Pheasant Coucal

Eeltail Catfish

Lydia Lichen Moth

Graphic Flutterer

Blue Skimmer

Heliotrope Moth

Green-face Gum Hopper

Meadow Argus

Blue Garden Flatworm

White Passionflower

Mud Plantain


Grey Myrtle

January was surely the month of moulting feathers, from the summer solstice on December 21, days are becoming shorter, the breeding season is drawing to an end and this is the right time for many species to renew their feathers.  Often, measuring the feathers is very useful for a correct identification.

Below: feathers of Tawny Frogmouths

Below: feathers of Kookaburras

Below: Oriental Cuckoo

Below: Noisy Miner

Below: Pied Butcherbird

Below: Noisy Miner

Below: Torresian Crow

Below: Crested Pigeon

Below: Blue-faced Honeyeater

Below: Olive-backed Oriole

Below: Pied Currawong

Below: Australasian Figbird

Below: Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike