Duncan and I have been doing bird surveys at a small patch of remnant native bush between Stratford and Bairnsdale, known as Swallow Lagoon Conservation Reserve. Yesterday was the ‘spring’ survey for this season, and if you’ve been following DF’s Ben Cruachan Blog you’ll understand why the apprentice had to do the job without the master!
Although it was lonely work without him it was a fruitful day, and everywhere I went I was imagining what Duncan would be saying as I came across an interesting sighting or two. A pair of Brown-headed Honeyeaters, White-winged Trillers at a couple of sites, and a female Leaden Flycatcher, a first for us at the reserve, were probably the highlights. The number of species and the quantity of birds did seem to be up a bit on recent results.
As I was leaving and just shutting the gate, a chorus of angry Sulphur Crested Cockatoo screechings caught my attention. Throughout the survey I’d noticed the cockies were going to nest in many of the huge old hollow trees in the reserve, and as I suspected, the cacophony of screeching was due to ….
Strange. Not long back I had an encounter with a goanna near Rosedale. Now this one. Off to Victoria Lagoon with the Heyfield birdos tomorrow, I wonder since these things often happen in threes, will we spot another ‘monitor’.
No bird pics – sorry. Without my living field guide, I was too busy checking ID’s of sightings and calls to get the camera out.
PS: There is an upside to DF's piece of misfortune. An interesting story is unfolding over at his blog - feel free to click on the Ben Cruachan link on the right hand side.