Yesterday, a very few members of the Heyfield Birdwatchers journeyed to East Gippsland to try and see some birds. Are you detecting a note of disillusionment already? The heading to this entry refers to the distance of the road trip and the size of the list of bird sightings - in that order unfortunately.
The trestle railway bridge over Stony Creek was nearly the highlight of the day. This old bridge built in the early 1900's largely from Ironbark logs, has a span of 276m and a height of 19m.
The above shot was taken on an earlier excursion and gives some idea of its relative height. This link to the Museum Victoria site shows an image of the bridge under construction - not a bulldozer or crane in sight. Quite a feat.
As I said, the birds were very quiet. A few whistlers, some common honeyeaters, an Eastern Yellow Robin, a White-bellied Sea Eagle, etc was the sort of day we had. The Eastern Spinebill below provided us with a photographic opportunity at least...
Thankfully, both the weather and the company were top class and of course, it's always nice to be out and about. Perhaps it will be better luck with the birds next month. Heres hoping.