Woodswallows …

I was just heading off to one of my favourite birding spots, Maryborough sewage treatment plant when I noticed that my driveway was busy with woodswallows. So I changed my plan and grabbed the camera.

These birds are summer visitors and seem to always be on the move. There are plenty about this year probably because of the dry conditions further north. Flocks can be huge, White-browed Woodswallows tend to be the most numerous often accompanied by their masked cousins. They breed in mixed colonies.

The adult males of both species are beautifully marked. The youngsters and females are also attractive but in more muted tones – designer pastels.

White-browed Woodswallow adult male
White-browed Woodswallow
Masked Woodswallow adult male
Masked Woodswallow

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