Sunday, 29 May 2016

First Orchid for Season.

Had a look around Swallow Lagoon three weeks ago, the bird life was very scarce, apart from five Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos.
So it was eyes to the ground. Found a scattering of small Mosquito orchids these were in patches around Swallow Lagoon.


Around Sale and District.

Flame Robin seen on fence at Desailly Flats.

 Resident astern Spine Bill  in my back yard, has been around for a few weeks.

 Whistling Kite, there are a number of these seen flying around Desailly Flats.

 A pair of White Fronted Chats, again at Desailly Flats. Thee have been around now for two weeks, altogether there are fourteen on the flock.
 First Scarlet Robin for the season, photo taken at Herb Guyatt Reserve Wurruk.

 Also at Herb Guyatt Reserve an Eastern Yellow Robin in Typical pose.

Azure Kingfisher seen last weekend at Heyfield Wetlands Reserve.


Sunday, 27 March 2016

Kingfishers and Kookas.

I was standing near the entrance to Lake Guyatt looking along flooding creek towards Sale, when I heard a squeak and out flew an Azure Kingfisher. It landed on a post adjacent to the overflow from Lake Guthridge, it then flew up the creek. It came back a few minutes later, and I had enough time to take some photos. Looks like they are nesting along the outflow as another came out and both were sitting in the same post, they were to quick for me to get a photo.

 Saw this Kooka at Herb Guyatt Reserve yesterday sitting about 20 feet away.


Saturday, 26 March 2016

Out and About.

Due to other commitments I have not been able to get out birding as I would like. Had a spare morning three weeks ago and went out to Swallow Lagoon. The small birds were very scarce; but I did tick a first a White-winged Triller.
 This was the best photo I could get of the White-winged Triller.

 In a tree beside the Triller a Dusky Woodswallow and one of its young.

Back at Lake Guyatt The Mistletoe birds were out, couldn't get a good photo of the female as she was too high and obscured by the mistletoe. Here's a couple of shots of the male.

As normal the fantails were every where this one sat just in camera focus.

 I have been trying to get a photo of a  Lathams Snipe which has been around Flooding Creek. Unfortunately it has seen me 5 times out of 5; but whilst the Snipe beat me I did get a glimpse of a Lewin's Rail (I think) Not a good photo as the light was against me.
 Fan-tailed Cuckoo at Lake Guyatt.


Monday, 18 January 2016

Around Sale.

I have not been doing very much birding lately, family commitments. Managed to get up early last Saturday and went for a walk  around Guyatt Reserve and Lake Guyatt.
The Kookaburras at Guyatt Reserve were plentiful, parents and their young.The Golden Whistlers were calling and managed to get a couple of photos of a Crested Shrike Tit.
Lake Guyatt produced its normal array of species all lounging on the small mud flats, and the Mistletoe birds were busy along flooding creek.
 Butcher Bird.
 Female Mistletoe Bird.

 This Male Mistletoe Bird was very high in the tree and would not sit still. same with the one below.

 Golden Whistler.
Crested Shrike Tit.


Sunday, 20 December 2015

Raptors around Clydebank.

Went for a drive down to Marlay Point to check out the water birds, none to be found, too many fishermen on the bank and other activity.
Came back through Clydebank where there is usually some Whistling Kites. No kites but there in the usual tree was a Wedge Tailed Eagle, who was very obliging, just sat in the tree whilst I got out of the car for some photos.
 Further on what I think is a juvenile Australian Hobby on the power lines. Also the Terns were busy diving into a wet paddock, hard to get a photo of these. Further down the road a Whistling Kite and a Tree Martin.

 Wedge-tailed Eagle.

 Wedge-tailed Eagle


 Juvenile Australian Hobby.

Juvenile Australian Hobby.
 Whistling Kite.

Tree Martin.


Friday, 18 December 2015

Birdies from Nangara

Following on from my last post, below are some of the birds we ticked off at Nangara Park. Taking photos proved difficult due to the dense undergrowth.
Whilst having lunch we were inundated with Brown Gerygone's; but getting a good photo proved difficult, thought I had one until I got home and transferred to the computer. Unfortunately not the best photo. The King Parrots were probably for me anyway, the highlight of the day. Always good to see the Eastern Yellow Robins.

 King Parrot.

 Eastern Yellow Robin.

Brown Gerygone.

Fan-tailed Cuckoo.