|Brown Cuckoo-Dove eating berries|
|Pair of Hardheads and a Pacific Black Duck|
When the Brown Songlark flies up it has its legs tucked up close to its body and when it descends its legs hang down. This pattern of flying up for a short period then dropping briefly is repeated several times before it reaches its landing area. Once it starts to descend for the landing its legs are hanging right down and it drops very quickly! It looks like it has been shot out of the sky by the way it seems to fall to the ground when landing.
|The Brown Songlark's flight as it is ascending|
|The Brown Songlark's flight as it is descending|
It was very difficult to obtain a decent photograph of this bird while it was on the ground as the grass was quite long, ranging from 30cm to 1 metre in height. As soon as it lands it runs along the ground into the longest grass close by. It is a very secretive bird and flies off as soon as it spots you approaching. The female is very different from the male in terms of size. The female is at least 5 - 7 cm shorter in length. Their call and flight differs greatly also. The females flight is more direct and the call is less metallic.
|A Brown Songlark on the lookout in the grass|
We saw many Golden Whistlers, Spangled Drongos, Eastern Yellow Robins, Little Shrike-thrushes, Spectacled Monarchs and Brown Honeyeaters. We saw a few Red-backed Fairy-wrens, Channel-billed Cuckoos, Noisy Friarbirds, Lewin's Honeyeaters plus many other of the more common doves and regular garden birds of the area. We were lucky to see a few pairs of Spangled Drongos feeding their young as well as a couple of pairs of Eastern Yellow Robins feeding their young. Many other species could of been found as they were heard in the bush, but neither of us had much spare time that morning due to other commitments. Also we spent so much time taking photos of the White-eared Monarch which showed himself for a long time, not long after starting our walk. I got lots of beautiful photos again of this spectacular bird and my friend was very pleased that she got to see one and she too got some great snaps.
|One of the many Golden Whistlers that were seen|
|A Spangled Drongo eating a cicada (soon to be regurgitated for a chick)|
|The spectacular White-eared Monarch|
|The White-eared Monarch singing|
|A Brown Honeyeater trying to dry off|
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