I was delighted to see my Welcome Swallow couple back, swinging on my verandah fairy lights and re-occupying their nest on the rafter. I meant to do a post for you when the eggs hatched, as she seemed to be sitting most of the time now.
However after a few days away, no sign of either of them, on the nest or on the light strings or in the sky. All I found were small feathers in the base of the shower and what could have been dried blood – or was it dampened remnants of the red dust storm of that week?
Whatever happened — they’re both gone.
Saddened by this, I was doubly delighted to see the male Maned Wood Duck in the yard, but wondered where the female was. I hoped she hadn’t been taken too!
Next day my concern was erased.
Outside the yard fence, poking about along the edge of the mown grass, there they were — a whole family. The pair were leading five little ducklings, which I couldn’t see clearly as they must have been admonished to stick close to cover.