Birds around my (temporary) digs in Bellinger – aided by some feeding. Updated with the Green Catbird and Rainforest rain.

Lots and lots of birds here in my rainforest paradise, a few kilometres north west of Bellingen. Stayed at “Critters”, a lovely, isolated, quirky, but well thought out, self-contained cottage, less than 10 minutes from Bellingen. Main house is a few metres away, but well screened, and the considerate owners are more than happy to share birdwatching from their verandah.

Some do get fed, but there are also plenty that shun that luxury. I guess in a rainforest it rains, because that is certainly what it has been doing.

First we have Yellow Robins and the ubiquitous and noisy Leeuwin’s Honeyeater:

IMG_9216 (2)IMG_9215 (2)IMG_9219 (2)IMG_9221 (2)IMG_9267 (2)Unusually, I have seen the male Satin Bowerbird twice, but no sign of any females or kiddies:

Regent Bowerbirds abound, the bright ones being the adult males – apparently they like grated cheese:

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If there is one Rainbow Loriqueet there are always lots. One thing I noticed, which I have not before, is that Loiriqueets are perching birds, and so they hop rather than walk. Parrots are non-perching, so walk.

IMG_9275 (2)IMG_9271 (2)IMG_9249 (2)King Parrots are up there with the most striking birds:

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Wonga Pigeon:

IMG_9226 (2)Bar-shouldered Dove:

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White-headed Pigeon (the male is the whiter one):

Also there are quite a few Red-Browed Finch:

Managed to eventually track down the elusive, but incredibly noisy – sounds like a cat being strangled – Green Catbird.

The rainforest lived up to its name with torrential downpours.

Michael Monaghan

18 November 2018

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