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.

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!


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

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

  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.

  4. Congrats on the Gilberts Whistler images!

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