Friday, December 30, 2016

Pale-headed Rosella Babies

For the first time ever at Jarowair, a pair of Pale-headed Rosellas have been sucessful in raising three young here. A few months ago, Brendon installed a nesting box he made under the eaves of the cabin roof at the house, with the intention of it being for parrots. He made sure it was far enough away that gliders and possums couldn't access it and so it was ideal for birds.  It wasn't long before a pair of pale-headed rosellas started checking it out.

Four chicks hatched, but only three survived.  We were lucky enough to see the parents come and call to all three to leave the box - it was really exciting to see.

B & J.

A peak inside the nesting box, three pale-headed rosella babies, 19/12/16

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Mum and bub Pale-headed Rosella.

Two little heads poking out of the box.


One of the parents calling to the babies to come out.

One of the Pale-headed Rosella Babies, leaving the nesting box.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Ground Cuckoo-Shrikes a new visitor

11 December 2016

THREE GROUND CUCKOO-SHRIKES AT JAROWAIR

Three Ground Cuckoo-Shrikes (Coracina maxima) were witnessed for the first time at Jarowair mid afternoon.  A trio of long-tailed birds were seen grazing in two different locations at our property, I didn't want to get too close and scare them away, so I watched from some distance, enjoying hearing their delicate calls to each other, before one took off with a twig in it's mouth to a large ironbark tree, the other two soon followed, and after a few minutes, proceeded to head off to the neighbors property.
This Christmas sighting is a new record for our property, and one for myself, however Brendon has seen them before some years ago in Toowoomba.  It is interesting to note that these birds were seen by Birdlife Southern Qld during their trip to our region some months ago, in a paddock not too far from our property.

J.G.

One of three Ground Cuckoo-Shrikes (Coracina maxima) at Jarowair 11/12/16
One of three Ground Cuckoo-Shrikes (Coracina maxima) at Jarowair 11/12/16

One of three Ground Cuckoo-Shrikes (Coracina maxima) at Jarowair 11/12/16
One of three Ground Cuckoo-Shrikes (Coracina maxima)  with twig in beak, at Jarowair 11/12/16