Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Gluepot Report #8

G'day Readers,
I was of course supposedly at Gluepot to attend a couple of nature photography courses conducted on behalf of Birds Australia by Craig Ingram. Craig's material and presentation was excellent, but at the end of each day's session I could hardly wait to get back into the bush and look for birds. As my camp site was nearly 15km from the visitor centre/lecture room, the drive back and forth provided some opportunity to do some birding.


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Craig at work - cop that lens

I was returning to camp one afternoon and spotted a couple of largish birds dashing low across the track. After pursuing them for some time, and constantly bumping into Golden Orb Weaver webs ...



... I eventually managed to catch some views of my first Gilbert's Whistler. The Gilbert's Whistler is a fairly uncommon, thinly spread bird of the dry inland. 

Female Gilbert's Whistler

The elusive male Gilbert's Whistler

Always nice to become acquainted with a threatened species. Now I'll just have to return for the Red-lored!
Regards,
Gouldiae.


5 comments:

  1. So envious. Never did get a Gilbert's when down your way years ago. Cheers.

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  2. "Cop that lens" - indeed! But what is it? The birds were definitely the icing on the cake.

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  3. Hi Gouldiae
    I am taken with your Orb Weaver Spider. I saw a very similar one at West Wyalong last week. obviously dry country specialists.
    Gilbert's Whistlers are pretty rare.
    Nice to see them.
    Cheers
    Denis

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  4. Congrats on the Gilberts Whistler images!

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  5. Hiya Goildiae,
    Looks like you're keeping busy. Same here. Stay healthy and safe!

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