In the bush
The Australian “bush” includes tropical rainforests, open woodlands and arid scrubs. Land clearing and habitat loss has reduced bird numbers especially in the woodlands of the wheat belt. Isolation of remaining patches of bush stops spread of small birds and hinders migration of honeyeaters. Today the main story of the bush is the severe drought; bush birds and water birds leave for the coast, nesting birds struggle to feed their young and numbers are reducing.
Picture: The Nankeen Kestrel prefers open grasslands and farmlands. It is seen watching from its perch or hovering above its prey to dive on mice, small birds or lizards.