A walk around the Sale Common last week produced a couple of surprises, as the common has been devoid of birds except for a few Pelicans. Counted 74 on this day. It must have been a day for the Kites and Kingfishers. 3 Whistling Kites and 2 Azure Kingfishers.
Went out to the back yard this morning after hearing what sounded like a juvenile King Parrot calling. Sure enough there were four in the Claret ash tree. Took some pics, but difficult to get good photos with all the small branches, so here they are. The first was in the Golden Ash.
Male King Parrot.
Juvenile King Parrot, this was the one that was calling.
Drove up to Nicholson Rocks mainly to see what was at the stock yards, looking for Scarlet Wens.
No wrens to be found only a lone Willy Wagtail.
Up at the rocks there were plenty of Yellow Tailed Cockatoos and a young Kookaburra that was sitting on a gate.
Wednesday 2nd May saw 10 intrepid birdo's at Tarra Bulga National Park. The day was perfect and on arrival we saw 5 Bassian Thrush feeding at the visitors area. They stayed around for some time which is unusual for these birds. Some good photos were taken.
The species count was 26, including Wedge- Tailed Eagle, Superb Lyrebird, Crimson Rosellas, Eastern Spinebill, Lewin's Honeyeater, Olive Whistler and many more. Difficult to get photos in the dense undergrowth, but some follow.
Bassian Thrush, with ruffled chest.
Crimson Rosella. We had about four or five of these trying to eat out of our hand at lunch time.
Drove out to Mckinnon Point last Wednesday with the intention of having a long sit at a small pool of water. Sat for 1 and a half hours for the big result of 2 birds. Brown Thornbill and Yellow-tufted Honeyeater. I then walked up the four wheel drive track and to the walking track back to the Blue Pool. A few small birds flitting around, wrens and thornbills.
I then drove over to Heyfield Wet Lands and got a couple of Grebes and a New Holland Honeyeater.
Another one of my walks through the Sale Common gave me a surprise with the sighting of three Azure Kingfishers, but not many other birds. I estimate the water level is now 4'6" down from last winter. Have seen masses of Carp wallowing around on top of the water literally.