Last Sunday, after a morning coffee in the Yarragon Tea Rooms, we explored some ‘new turf’ at the Tarago Reservoir at Neerim South. We weren’t exactly sure where to go, but John found us a small overgrown track beside the river, below the dam.
The light was dull and there was plenty of cover for the birds, but we found a few – Blue Wrens, White-browed Scrubwrens, Grey Fantails, Golden Whistlers, Eastern Whipbirds, Lewin’s and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos among them.
|The ubiquitous Grey Fantail|
The highlight though was some good but brief views of a Rufous Fantail, a ‘firster’ for some in the group. This little beauty is a bit uncommon for us Central Gippslanders and it’s been some time since we’ve come across one. We weren’t able to score a good picture, but it reminded me that somewhere in my files I had some old shots taken of one at the nest.
|Delightful Rufous Fantail - Jan 06 I think|
|Rufous Fantail #2|
Thanks all. It was a long way to travel, but that rufous made it worthwhile in my book.