Focussing now, way up in that big angophora tree again. This tree is a haven for various birds at differing times of year and it grows in the bush-corridor at the rear. Not directly outside of my boundary fence, but that of my neighbour, so the pics I do take are always a wonder, how good or not they will turn out to be ....
This is the first time I've ever tried to photograph the Dollarbird; it's either up so high in that tree, or fast-swooping in the air nearby to catch insects.
...and this morning, again, one was back; just for a short while.
How did they get this name, Dollarbird? According to Birds in Backyards, it is the silvery, circular patches on the underside of the wings, thought to resemble the American silver dollar coin. Now there's a twist; a New Guinea native, visiting Australia, with the U.S. dollar under it's wing!
You can listen to their call, courtesy of Fred Van Gessel, on the Birds in Backyards fact-page for the Dollarbird. Look for the mp3 in the right-hand column, close to the bottom.
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