Thursday, November 14, 2013

Gluepot 2013 #10

Gluepot has won numerous awards in the areas of biodiversity conservation, management, scientific research, ecotourism and volunteerism. Numerous Australian and overseas institutions conduct on-going research projects in a variety of fields. 

There are 95 permanent biodiversity sites that are monitored annually. Bird banding, mammal, reptile and vegetation studies are conducted continually. Plus, it’s a great place to see birds!

Crested Bellbird
The Crested Bellbird is widespread and endemic to the arid and semi-arid interior of Australia. Despite their familiar call – perhaps the iconic birdcall of Gluepot – they keep a very low profile and are certainly heard far more often than they are seen.

Crested Bellbirds feed mostly on the ground or in the low bushes and usually are solitary. The ventriloqual(?) effect of their call has caused me to spend plenty of time trying to track down a calling bird only to find, that when I’m standing under the very tree in which I’m certain I last heard the bird, it begins calling again from about 100metres away!

They seldom raise their crest, and THAT view of a male calling with crest raised is just another reason to return.

White-browed Treecreeper
The White-browed Treecreeper is mostly a solitary and unobtrusive bird, calling far less often than its treecreeper relatives.

It ‘operates’ just as other treecreepers do and we found that at one particular hide there was a couple mallee eucs that seemed to be a favourite with this bird, with a continuous column of small ants stretched up and down the trunks and branches.

White-browed Treecreepers occupy the arid interior zone and in some states are listed as threatened.

1 comment:

  1. It's great to finally see a Crested Bellbird though, isn't it?