Between waterin', mowin', and corin' the greens, yesterday I snuck across to Sale for a little while.
Down at the Redgate Reserve, the Rufous Whistlers were in fine form. This bloke came in to check me out when I started imitating one part of their call described by Pizzey as; "...a ringing, almost explosive 'eee-chong', uttered singly or several times...".
I headed for the common next and along the track I got some wonderful views of Darters at various stages of growing up. I think it was a pretty good year for this specie in the common - there are still several 'live' nests.
Anyway, that heading. I'm always loathe to nominate a target bird when I'm about to head off to a location. So many times I get disappointed when the bird fails to materialise, or rather when I fail to spot it.
A week or so ago, Val and Dierdre assured me they'd seen a Scarlet Honeyeater at the common, and they even showed me the tree in which they had seen it. Oh yeah thinks I. But, there has been a few reports of this bird reaching our little south-east corner this season, so I thought I'd give it another go.
Lo and behold, in the very tree ...
Thanks ladies, haven't seen one for a couple of seasons until now. Beautiful. One day I might be able to do justice to it with my camera.