Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Whipbird


G'day,
Duncan and I had a chance to check out the Crinigan Rd Reserve in Morwell today. In particular we were hopeful of some orchids but except for the odd greenhood and helmet, we lucked out. In the process we came across an Eastern Whipbird that checked us out a few times. I've always found this species to be particularly well hidden and shy. I've often heard of stories told of birds that regularly show themselves at this picnic ground or that but it has never happened to me, until today.


If you are a non-Aussie reader you may be interested to hear the stunning call that gives this bird it's name. There are heaps of on-line links to this call, try this one.
Regards,
Gouldiae.

6 comments:

  1. That's a great clear photo of this bird. I hear them often in the bush - but have only seen them a couple of times. Very frustrating!

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  2. G'day Mick,
    yeah, fluked one!
    Regards,
    Gouldiae.

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  3. Nice picture, we have a few whipbirds across the road who occasionally forget what they are meant to be doing and hop about in some tree branches above the tracks for all to see. It's interesting seeing a bird who has clearly not read their entry in Pizzey, I watched a superb fairy wren hop from branch to branch to the top of a large pine tree a few years ago.

    Looking forward to your Gluepot pictures too, hope you have a great time.

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  4. G'day PB,
    I agree, if the birds read Pizzey or Morcombe, or ... they wouldn't do half the things they do. One of the joys of the birding game.
    Yep, getting toey about Gluepot now. Just about got all the volunteers lined up for the mowing and watering here. Just gotta check out the camping gear again. Leaving on the 11th, should hit that beautiful desert country on the 17th!
    Regards,
    Gouldiae.

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    1. PS: Have you been to Danggali (?) yet PB?

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    2. Most of the birds here are quite good and clearly have a copy of one of the better bird guides which they refer to regularly as they tend to behave exactly how the books say. The exceptions are always fun though.

      Leaving on the 12th of October for Danggali, possibly later than ideal but I'm a bit limited with what time I can get off work, hopefully it won't be too hot by then. Probably stopping off at Hattah-Kulkyne then straight on to Danggali with a more leasurely return, maybe even a stop off at Gluepot if time permits.

      I'm looking forward to hearing about your trip to get us prepared for ours.

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