Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Gluepot 2013 #9

Camping at Gluepot is quite basic. Campers must take all their requirements – food, water, fuel, etc – as the only amenity provided is a long drop toilet. Generators and wood fires are not permitted. Suits me. My camping formula –KISS = ‘keep it small and simple’ – works well under these conditions.
Kitchen in the back of the ute, bathroom under a tree, bed in the tent!

It’s worth remembering that mobility is important, as many of the best birding spots can be many kilometers apart. Having to pack up a ‘campervan’ each time you headed off somewhere could get tiring.

Chestnut Quail-thrush
This ground dwelling bird can be hard to spot sometimes. Jim’s great eye spotted a nest at the base of a mallee euc and we stood quietly nearby for a bit. The female walked up with food in her mouth and detected us when she was just a few metres from the nest. We stood as still and quiet as we could for well over half an hour – and so did she, most of the time on one leg!

A little later the male came in too. He was less circumspect than she and went straight to the nest with a morsel in his bill.

As he left, he came very close to us even though it seemed to me he was keeping an eye on us all the time.

When they’d both left to gather more tucker for the nestlings we crept to within 10metres or so and quickly snapped a couple of balls of fur then left quickly in the opposite direction to the parents.
Camouflage! Nest is against the tree left foreground. Female centre background.

The Chestnut Quail-thrush enjoys the mallee habitat where they forage on the ground amongst the spinifex, chenopods, etc for a wide range of invertebrates. Again, this is another species thought to be in decline due to such threats as loss and fragmentation of habitat, predation by foxes, inappropriate grazing and fire regimes, etc.

A most enjoyable experience.

1 comment:

  1. It ceertainly is a great place to visit, and what a special experience shared in this post.