Last weekend, Duncan and I enjoyed the interesting experience of observing the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, carry out a small mammals survey at the Giffard Flora Reserve. I’m always encouraged when I come across people with such passion for our environment. Here’s a link to an album of Duncan’s pictures.
While we were there, it was evident that the birds were very quiet. The old Saw Toothed Banksias were not in flower, although some of the eucs on the sand ridge had plenty of blossom. After we left the group on day two, we headed down to Jack Smith Lake which is quite nearby. Jack Smith Lake is right behind the sand dunes on the coast, and the coastal Banksias here were well in flower.
After checking the ‘salt flats’ and counting near 100 Blue-winged Parrots, and ticking White-fronted Chats and Striated Field Wrens, we headed for the car park area for lunch and were greeted by a strong Crescent Honeyeater call as we got out of the vehicle. Blue Wrens and Silvereyes dashed among the lower scrub while Little Wattlebirds and New Holland Honeyeaters chased each other in the tree tops.
A few Crested Terns preened themselves on top of some posts and a Brown Falcon did its hovering act above a nearby field and a pair of Red-capped Dotterels skitted about on the mud flats.
Neither of us had been to Jack Smith Lake for some time, so it was rewarding to see the number of parrots. The main lake is still the only body of water. Like everywhere else around here, the place is crying out for some decent rain.