Wednesday, January 23, 2013
This is not a brilliant photo but it documents the first time I have seen and photographed a Sparrow in my town. Sparrows are not native to Australia. These birds are one of the many things that early settlers brought with them. I saw Sparrows over at Rainbow Beach when I first came here about nine years ago but at that time there were none right here. I saw these in a friend's yard. Usually there are numbers of Brown Honeyeaters in her yard but now there are either Brown Honeyeaters or Sparrows. These birds don't eat the same things so it is not food competition which is making them uncomfortable in the same yard. It will be interesting to see if they learn to live in close proximity or if one displaces the other.
A much more welcome sight was this Whistling Kite which I saw in a large eucalyptus tree on the Crab Creek foreshore. A pair have lived and nested in this area for some time. This bird was high in the tree and it was hard to get a good view of it without branches or leaves in the way.
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