Saturday, October 13, 2018


After a good run under the Yarra, the Drouin boys got away to an early start with some bird watching.

It was good to get some non-Drouin birds for a change but it did require some consultation at times.

A Baillon's Crake is always a good get in my book and here they always seem in better numbers and less shy than other places that I've ticked them.

That upcurved bill of the Red-necked Avocet makes them an easy species to identify.

Werribee is always good for the raptors and we had some good views of Black Kites and Brown Falcons in particular.

Add in the terns, ducks, cisticolas and the like, larks, Brolgas, the numerous shore birds et al, it was confirmed as a good day.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Belated Birds

No excuses, I’ve been slack in posting here. Time for a report on some divagations with Dave.
Dave caught this New Holland Honeyeater hawking at Cranbourne.
White-throated Treecreeper at Nyora
Striated Thornbill at Moe
Eastern Yellow Robin and nest at Drouin
Female Golden Whistler at Jindivick
Female Superb Fairy-wren at Drouin
Half-dressed wren at Drouin


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Some recent excursions

I have been a bit neglectful of my posts here of late. Not because I/we haven’t been getting out and about. Here’s a brief and very incomplete summary:

Nangara Reserve - Jindivick
One of my favourite places to visit has been a little quiet, but one day recently a pair of Bassian Thrushes challenged the focusing ability of the camera as they fossicked amongst the leaf litter.

Bassian Thrush
Cape Woolamai – Phillip Island
One very windy day but the hoodies were not deterred.
Hoodies making headway in the wind
Hooded Plover

Woodlot Lane Reserve – Tooradin
On some ‘casual water’ in an adjacent paddock.
White-necked and White-faced Herons sharing the frogs?

Thornell’s Reserve – Longwarry North
Just around the corner from home and real little gem.
Spotted Pardalote about to enter its nest tunnel
Eastern Whipbird
White-browed Scrubwren

Mt Cannibal Flora and Fauna Reserve – Garfield Nth
It hasn’t all been birds.
Those steps! I feel this reserve has a bit of an issue with grazing animals at present. In my last three or four visits I have encountered a large mob of kangaroos each time and most recently a goat! 
Scented Sundew
My first Mountain Greenhood for the season