Last week I mentioned the sudden requirement to wear an extra layer and socks in Broome first thing in the morning. Over the last week we had a foggy morning, which was still cold, but also damp. All of the birds looked quite wet and miserable including the Rainbow Bee-eaters above.

On the streetlights the Ospreys were trying hard to dry out in the fog and remained on the lights for over an hour waiting for the sun to dry them out.

Osprey drying out

The Magpie-larks and Straw-necked Ibis had chosen TV aerials to dry out on. The Great Bowerbirds were using the streetlights like the Osprey.

Straw-necked Ibis trying to dry its wings

Great Bowerbird

Other birds were using the power line to get themselves into the sun to warm up first thing in the morning.

Whistling Kite

The native trees were very busy with wet birds from the early dew and fog.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike-damp!

Purple-backed Fairywren-a bit damp!

There have been several White-winged Trillers arrive in the area in recent weeks and I have been able to photograph them both wet and dry!

White-winged Triller

There is a lot of mistletoe in flower at the moment and the Mistletoebirds are enjoying the food. It is also a good camouflage!

Mistletoebird in the mistletoe

Rufous Whistlers are a common species in our garden and live in the bush just over the back fence, but they are not too keen to be photographed!

Rufous Whistler

Grey-crowned Babblers are also common and they are generally in a flock of eight. This gives you eight chances to photograph one as they bounce around the tree stumps looking for insects!

Grey-crowned Babbler

There are two White-faced Herons hanging around and they have worked out the fence at the wastewater pumping station offers good views and warmth from the sun!

White-faced Heron

There has been a significant increase in the number of White-breasted Woodswallows this week with flocks in the hundreds. The native trees are flowering and there are obviously plenty of insects for them to feed on. They huddle together on tree stumps and then explode into the sky together to feed on the wing.

White-breasted Woodswallows

All of the streets in this area of Broome have either native bird or native animal names. However, not every bird species has a street. I have observed Zebra Finch on the Sandpiper Avenue sign and then the Crested Pigeon below was on the Honeyeater Loop sign. I am sure it would be possible to take a photograph of a Honeyeater on the sign, but for now I am content with the Crested Pigeon that has clearly realised it does not have its own sign!

Crested Pigeon-not a Honeyeater!

I normally only notice the cobwebs along the firebreak trail if I walk into them, but with a fog or heavy dew they become clearly visible. I am truly impressed with the spiders and what they get up to!

Cobwebs covered in dew

So, I continue to wear socks in the early hours and like the birds get into the sun to warm up. There’s nothing better than standing in the sun with your back soaking up the rays as you photograph the local birdlife

Written by Clare M
Clare and her husband, Grant, have lived permanently in Broome, Western Australia since 1999 after living in various outback locations around Western Australia and Darwin. She has lived in the Middle East and the United States and traveled extensively in Europe. She monitors Pied Oystercatchers breeding along a 23km stretch of Broome's coastline by bicycle and on foot. She chooses not to participate in social media, but rather wander off into the bush for peace and tranquility. Thankfully she can write posts in advance and get away from technology!