Somehow I always get so much pleasure from the 'little-brown-jobs' of the bird world. One of my favourites around home is the Jacky Winter, and they were in good number at Gluepot.
Except for the very driest parts of the continent, they are a widespread species that occupy a good range of habitat. The Jacky Winter is an accomplished aerialist as it hawks for insects in flight. When it lands on a lookout branch it gives a characteristic tail flick that is often helpful for identification.
Gluepot JW's seemed to be identical to our Gippsland birds. Many other species found in both areas seemed to have some regional differences - Gluepot Willie Wagtails looked slimmer and longer to me, and the Red Wattlebirds appeared to have much brighter plumage, etc.
I was able to add another LBJ to the favourites list at Gluepot, the Chestnut-rumped Thornbill.
I was ticking this gorgeous little bird all over the place. Often they were quite inquisitive of my presence. Sometimes I seemed able to will them to sit, (just for a brief moment mind you), on that branch there for a photo.
The Chestnut-rumped Thornbill is a very communal species and I always seemed to find them in small foraging parties bouncing through the foliage. And they did bounce ...
Thought I'd keep that shot, it describes their behaviour exactly.
The various Gippsland Thornbills can sometimes be identified by their location - Striateds in the crown, Browns in the shrubbery, etc. The Chestnut-rumps were interesting in that they were foraging at all levels, even on the ground at times.
A great little bird.