Saturday, June 13, 2009

HBW June '09

Today the Heyfield Birdwatchers travelled to Holey Plains State Park and then to the Sale Common. It was cold and grey, the light was very flat and the birds were particularly quiet but we all enjoyed being in the bush for a bit.

At Holey Plains, the New Holland Honeyeaters were relatively plentiful, but there was little else to report. Some Striated Thornbills dashed about in the upper reaches and an odd one or two Blue Wrens scampered through the undergrowth. Not much else of the avifauna variety I'm afraid. (Plenty of orchid leaf along one particular track DF. I'll keep an eye on it.)

On to Sale and a walk along the new boardwalk and track was a little better. Swans, various Ducks, Cormorants, Darters and Swamphens were spotted on the water, but the best sightings for the day probably, were a pair of Black Shouldered Kites high up in a large Red Gum and across the other side of the lagoon, a Whistling Kite with a carp in its talons.

John and Nancy tell me they watched the Kite take the fish, so that was something of a bonus.

We checked Lake Guyatt, a favourite little hot spot, but things were quiet there too. Swans and Ducks etc on the water a few Wrens etc. in the shrubbery and that was about it.

We took a few back roads on the way home from Sale and John lived up to his promise of a raptor - we spotted a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles on top of a dead tree, (where else?), way out in the middle of a paddock, (where else?).

All in all, a pretty quiet day. I don't know about the others, but it was nice to get home by the fire!



  1. Sounds like a nice day. Any time that you can get photos of 2 raptors like that - plus seeing the Wedgies - is a pretty good day!

  2. Just caught up with your blog after being offline for a couple of weeks. You're obviously enjoying your new camera!