Recently I have had the pleasure of doing a number of walks in various national parks and have seen some birds that I have either not seen before or have not seen for a number of years.
The most striking was the Pacific Baza. A bird of prey with a distinct "top notch". Its flight is soaring through the canopy, and underneath its wings are quite translucent. I spotted this at the Illawarra escarpments whilst at motocross training. ( not my photo)
The other was a Black-faced Monarch. Part of the flycatcher group, this inquisitive little bird was quite bold when we spotted him along the Burralow creek in the Blue Mountains National Park. ( not my photo)
The third Bird of interest was a Pilot Bird. A duller coloured bird that seems quite busy scratching on in leaf debris or on lower trucks of rotting trees. Again seen in the blue Mountains National park near devils Hole.
The fourth bird is a Striped Honeyeater. This lovely bird was seen near the Willandra creek and again was quite curious as to what I was up to. ( not my photo).
The final bird is a Bassian Thrush. This shy bird is often found on the ground, taking to tree beaches and sitting quietly if disturbed. They have a very "soft" distinctive eye and a lovely call. (Photo by Geoffrey Dabb)
Birding is always good. A good excuse for a walk, a good excuse to really take the time to have a look around you. It does not matter if you are in a national park or on a race track..there is always something to see.