Thursday, January 13, 2011

Heyfield Birdwatchers - Jan 11

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.



  1. Great that you were able to get to a new place to see birds.

  2. Hi Gouldiae
    Lovely shots of the Rufous Fantail on nest.
    The nest is very tall (deep).
    Good work.