One particular morning I set off early on a walk I hadn’t done previously. My aim was to walk steadily for an hour or so and get into a bit of different habitat and explore what might be there. As it happened I’d chosen some country that had been burnt in the not too distant past.
|Big horizon country|
I’d also noticed on the sightings board in the info centre that someone had recently ticked the elusive Scarlet-chested Parrot in this area – who knows?
It didn’t take long for the heat of the morning to cause me to stop for a breather and a drink. I moved off the track and into some scrub, found some shade and sat quietly for awhile. A small movement across a clearing caught my eye as a little brown bird, (yep, the very common ‘LBB’), briefly emerged at the base of some undergrowth.
Gradually it moved closer and closer toward me, sometimes pausing for a glimpse of the interloper.
Suddenly an entire party of half a dozen Shy Heathwrens were jumping about in the low undergrowth beside me, so close I had to wind the camera lens in a bit to make sure the bird was entirely in the frame.
|Not sure what's going on with the tail?|
Such are the moments that make the planning and the 1500km drive worthwhile. No SC Parrot but. Just have to return again one day!