Yesterday I squeezed in a half day ramble through a favourite patch of the Mullungdung Forest south of Rosedale. This bit of country is a mixture of eucalypt and banksia trees with tracts of understory scrub and heath.
The birds were quiet but I got some views of the usual Eastern Yellow Robins, blue wrens, Brown Thornbills and the odd honeyeater, etc. To compensate for the lack of avian life, some of the understory shrubs were starting to show off, so there was plenty to look at.
|Bushy Needlewood Hakea?|
While lying prone for some shots of the correa, a small bird flitted past and landed a short distance away to watch me. I rolled to one side and untangled the binoculars to discover it was a Chestnut-rumped Heathwren. I’d seen this uncommon little bird several times before in this spot but not been able to get a decent picture. By the time I got to my knees and changed camera settings, the bird had moved away back into the scrub, but a quiet search revealed it again briefly in the distance. I got one shot.
I’ll just have to return.