Nesting: the search is on

Upcoming breeding season

Shows a flock of green parrots flying over the trees in the last bright days of June, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve.

A flock of green parrots fly over the Reserve in the last warm days of June

In the last of the bright days in June, crimson rosellas, laughing kookaburras and Australian wood ducks all seem to be preparing for breeding season.

All three species of bird are searching for suitable breeding hollows.

Australian wood ducks

Australian wood ducks begin looking for suitable sites in July. They can be seen in a number of older stags in the Reserve, calling softly to each other.

Shows male wood duck, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Wood duck

Shows couple of wood ducks in eucalypt around reservoir, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Couple of wood ducks in eucalypt around reservoir

Shows male wood duck, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Australian wood duck, one of several checking through the trees of the Reserve

shows female wood duck, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Female wood duck, perched in eucalypt, late June

Shows male wood duck, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

This stag may be a suitable spot for a group of wood ducks

Shows group of wood duck, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Group of wood ducks on a foggy, warm day at the end of June near a likely tree.

 

Crimson rosellas

The breeding season of crimson rosellas begins in September and laughing kookaburras begin breeding in spring.  They seem to be eyeing off suitable sites, as the rosella can be seen doing here.

Shows crimson rosella near potential tree hollow, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Crimson rosella checks out a potential hollow

 

Laughing kookaburras

Several groups of kookaburras on the ridge above the reservoir appear to be staking territory with group choruses and checking out suitable hollows.

Shows Kookaburra checking out tree hollow, late June, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Kookaburra checking out potential tree hollow, late June

Shows pair kookaburras, taking turns checking out potential tree hollow, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Pair of kookaburras – one of four – taking turns to check out a potential tree hollow

See previous posting on the importance of tree hollows in the Reserve; on wood ducks and their behaviour; this one on kookaburras and this one, too.

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