Friday, February 4, 2011


G’day All,
I spent half a day yesterday with Duncan and Martin helping with a bird survey on a nearby piece of bush. There’s not many bits of bush around home here that I’ve discovered has less variety and number of birds present than here on the golf course. (The golf course is well populated with Noisy Miners and they tend to drive off many other species). However, the patch we were looking at yesterday was VERY quiet.

The dominant eucs – box and stringy – were absent of blossom which may have a bearing. The property was well grazed and consequently there was little understory. We have just had three or four days of near 40 degree temperatures. Who knows?

Plenty of insects and spiders though, in particular Dragonflies and Butterflies, which begs the question, where were the insect eaters?  We ticked a couple, but we didn’t see a Whistler or a Thornbill, or even a Grey Fantail!

Oh well, just keep remembering that a low result is as important as one with high numbers when it comes to surveys.

When Martin and Duncan weren’t watching I spent a little time chasing some Common Brown Butterflies. I only had the ‘bird’ lens on the camera, but managed a couple of shots that demonstrate the wonderful camouflage they exhibit with wings closed.

The Common Bronzewing Pigeon too is well camouflaged among the leaf litter on the ground as well as the grey trunks and branches of the trees.

Just as we were leaving home, Duncan’s keen eye spotted a Chequered Swallowtail, a butterfly we don’t see too often in these parts, but there has been a sighting or two this season.

It was a low survey result, but hey, I wasn’t watering or mowing, I was in the bush and with wonderful company – not a bad result in my book.


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