The sounds of spring, part 1

Each spring a variety of birds migrate back into the area for breeding. Hence the forests become alive with the calls of these species that haven’t been heard in the area for quite a while. This post introduces you to two of these spring migrants and their calls.

The Olive-backed Oriole Oriolus sagittatus is an early spring arrival. Rather cryptic in colouring, it moves about in foliage making it somewhat hard to spot at time. But it has a quite distinctive call that carries a long way in the forest.

Olive-backed Oriole. Newstead. Photo by Damian Kelly, 2 September, 2011

Sacred Kingfishers Todiramphus sanctus are another spring migrant. Generally found near water, it nests in hollows in the forest. With a rapid, high-pitched call this bird is another early spring migrant that can be heard calling long before your actually see it sometimes.

Sacred Kingfisher. Bells' Swamp. Photo by Damian Kelly, 24 August 2011

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