Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Outing Heart Morass Monday

Had a good day at the Heart Morass on Monday with the Bairnsdale Birdo's. Something like 60 species, not all seen by me as we were split up into groups. Some Pics following.

Hovering Black-Shouldered Kite. Taken from a long distance.

White-fronted Chat. Counted 30 in this area.

White-fronted Chat.

Juvenile White-bellied Sea Eagle.

White-headed Stilt.


Banded Lapwings

After four attempts at seeing the Banded Lapwings at the Heart Sale, finally today I found them. Two for a start and then another four. On the way back to Sale there was a paddock full of Cattle Egret, so that was another stop off.
Nankeen Kestrel sitting on post on way back from the Lapwings.

Banded Lapwing.

Cattle Egret.

Banded Lapwing.


Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Kites and King's

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.

Juvenile Whistling Kite.

Adult Whistling Kite.

Azure Kingfisher.

Azure Kingfisher With Catch.

Waiting for the next catch.

Juvenile Whistling Kite.


Friday, 1 June 2018

Winter First

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.


Sunday, 27 May 2018

Maffra Golf Club

Went over to the Maffra Golf Club today to check out the King Parrots, these have been attracted by the Acorn Trees. Counted about 30, mostly juveniles or females and one adult male.

You can see the remnants of the nuts all over the ground.

Male King Parrot.

We then went over to the Knob at Stratford and walked up the hill to the lookout. First two birds we saw were Female Scarlet Robin and then it's mate. First sighting for the season.

Female Scarlet Robin.

Male Scarlet Robin.


Friday, 25 May 2018

Nicholson Rocks.

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.

Young Kooka.

Yellow Tailed Cockatoo.

Yellow Tailed Cockatoo.

A few in a tree.

Baby Kooka.

This one from the Sale Common Great Cormorant.

Willy Wagtail at the stock yards.


Thursday, 10 May 2018

Heyfield Birdo's Bulga Park Outing.

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.

Crimson Rosella. We had about four or five of these trying to eat  out of our hand at lunch time.

Olive Whistler.

Olive Whistler. This was a first for me.

Bassian Thrush.