Last Monday, the BLEGers, (BirdLife EastGippsland), came down for a taste of Central Gippsland bird fare. The weather pattern was a bit suss, but we ended up getting the day done without getting wet – see Duncan’s report.
Starting at the Heyfield Wetlands, 35 species were ticked with perhaps Latham’s Snipe and Little Grassbird being the highlights.
The nearby Heyfield Flora Reserve was our next stop and the little Buff Rumped Thornbill that I knew inhabited the locality appeared on cue – just love it when that happens. The birds were great, but it was wonderful to see the Golden Grevillea and the Bendigo Wax Flower in such profusion. Along with the terrestrial orchids on show we had most of the group scanning the ground at times rather than the tree canopy.
|Also a little unusual the Golden Grevillea.|
Lunch was beside the Dawson Flora Reserve where the Golden Moth Orchids were showing. A small piece of private property nearby yielded 49 bird species with an accommodating Fan-tailed Cuckoo and a pair of Mistletoebirds being the highlights.
|Spotted Pardalote at the Heyfield Flora Reserve - taken a couple of days later.|