Black-Faced Woodswallow

Black-Faced Woodswallow

Black-Faced Woodswallow

Isn’t she pretty? Until this week I don’t think I’d ever seen a woodswallow.  To be honest, I’d never heard of one.  It’s not a page that I’ve noticed in my book before.  When we first saw them, at a distance, we wondered if they might be some sort of shrike.  Up close, it was obvious that I’d have to look it up when I got home.

Woodswallows on a grasstree spike

Woodswallows on a grasstree spike

At this point I’d nomally hope to share an interesting fact gleaned from wiki.  The only interesting wiki fact is that the entry for the black-faced woodswallow is less than 2 lines long.  So I seem to know as much now as their expert author.

Woodswallow

Woodswallow

There were probably about 20 of them, feeding mainly on the seed spikes of the grasstrees.  When a bird found a ripe spike, several others would come and join it.

Having been here for 18 months, it’s not so often now that I see a bird that I haven’t seen before, so this was great.  And seeing so many of them at once, and so close up, made it even better.

Perching

‘It’s comfy here and I’m not shifting’