Birds Places

Taken at the Flood.

While staying at Paika Station just north of Balranald, Bramanda went into town to look at the Ben Scott Memorial Bird Walk. But it wasn’t there! The Murrumbidgee River was at 6.7 metres, and the walk was submerged. (The river at Balranald would go onto peak at 7.38 metres by early December).

A Magpie-lark found a tiny dry patch:

The Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) was taking care of two fledglings. The youngsters have an olive-green patch of skin, instead of the distinctive blue of the adults.

A pair of Australian Wood Ducks (Chenonetta jubata), with a brood to rival the one we photographed at Parramatta (see Most Ingenious ParraDucks – Sep 2, 2022), had no issue with the swollen river.

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