Birding has been put on hold far too often lately. On Sunday Philip Peel texted me a photo of a pair of Square-tailed Kites perched, and a juvenile in a nest. I texted one word back, “Where?” He texted back, “Bendigo.” He had been taken to the nest site by David Livermore that morning.
Square-tailed Kite was one of those birds that I really wanted a better look at. We had a fly-over last year in NSW as I was driving. Lynn got cracking views as it went along above the trees on her side of Troopi. I saw it, but not nearly as well. So when I heard that there was a nest with an almost fledged chick and parents around, I made plans to go.
First thing Monday morning, I headed up to Bendigo in Troopi. The drive from Lara is a bit over two hours and took me through some very familiar territory. My God, it was such a joy to be back in Troopi headed out into the bush! Phil had given me excellent directions and I rocked up at the spot on the track where he suggested I park. After perhaps a hundred meter walk, I saw the nest with the youngster and one parent. I just stood there in awe. My heart was literally thumping in my chest. What a thrill! Thank you Phil and thank you to David Livermore for sharing this information with him.
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I took a few photos and texted a back-of-the-camera shot to Phil. He texted me back and mentioned that there was a Powerful Owl roosting at the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens if I wanted to stop by for a look. And I did want to! I had not seen a Powerful Owl in years. There had been one in Flagstaff Gardens in Melbourne in June 2009. It was my first “twitch,” meaning that it was the first time I went to a specific spot to see a specific bird. When I got to Castlemaine the owl was there in the top of a pine where Phil had said it should be. It had begun to spit rain, but I joyfully stood and marveled at it. Sweet. So sweet.
|Leave me alone, I'm napping.|
Peace. Love. Birds. Hope.