Birding Goorooyaroo Nature Reserve

The weather in Canberra this morning was a cool 6 degrees and the North Westerly was still blowing. This didn’t deter the birds or the bird nerds, our group of 11 birders covered about 8 klms and spotted 45 species. This Shining Bronze Cuckoo was a first in the ACT for me as were 4 Western Gerygones. Can you spot the Tawny Frogmouth chick snuggled up close to mum below?

The bird that started it all

I saw my first rainbow bee-eater south of Townsville, Queensland in 2010. This was the beginning, my hook bird.

The arrival of the Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) heralds the start of the warm weather. I didn’t expect to see any this morning when I set out along the Tharwa Sandwash track at 7:30am, the weather was a cold 6 degrees with a light misty rain falling. As soon as the sun came out arounf 9:00am so did the bee- eaters. I ticked 9 in total.

A most obliging bird

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I adore Tawny Frogmouths. People often think they are an owl but they’re actually a nocturnal bird related to the Nightjar. The way you can tell is you look at their feet. They have dainty feet while owls have big powerful feet for catching prey. When feeling threatened, Tawny Frogmouths have evolved to be world class magicians. They stay perfectly still, close their eyes and take on the shape of a branch; their feathers blend into the tree and… they disappear.