Our pair of paradise fly catchers arrived home today from their winter holidays.
They seem to arrive on exactly the same date every year. Normally about a week after I see the first ones in the area. This is the third summer that I have been watching them build their nest in the exact same spot on the very same branch of the same tree. Last year, if you remember, they hatched two lots of chicks. The second lot got eaten by something though, so I was afraid they might not return to the same tree this year. They arrived this morning and are already hard at work building their new nest and catching bugs out of our swimming pool, swooping down and skimming the surface each time. I can spend hours and hours just watching them.
Welcome home Peter and Maggie – may you lay many eggs and rear your babies to full size.
(Above photo of Maggie was taken by Steve Walker © last summer. You can see more of his photography here)