I tootled down to Corinella on Friday to spend some very pleasant time with the Bass Coast Birdlife colony. Their outing was at the Corinella Cemetery Bushland Reserve, a small 6.6ha remnant bush block beside the Bass Highway.
I arrived an hour early and couldn’t resist doing a reccy. Birds were very active with LBJ’s dashing across the track, whistlers, wrens and cuckoos calling from the scrub and trees. I spent a bit of time getting my eye in on the ground plants and soon found some old favourites amongst the bracken – some greenhood orchids.
While I was snapping the orchids, a female Golden Whistler flew down onto some nearby low branches.
I’ve often noticed that the female Golden Whistler is much more co-operative for the camera than her male partner ever seems to be. She mostly gathers her dietary requirements at a lower level in the canopy for a start. Charming birds.
On the way back to the entrance to meet the others I was delayed a little by a Fantail Cuckoo busily calling from a trackside tree.
There were other cuckoos calling in the vicinity too – I think spring is just around the corner.
As we headed around the track outside the cemetery, shooing Eastern Yellow Robins out of the way so we could see some other birds, we began hearing the distinct whipcrack and answer call of a pair of Eastern Whipbirds. Pleasingly the birds didn’t seem to be moving about very much and there was some chance of a sighting. Eventually we got some views as they briefly popped up above the bracken. As soon as we tried moving closer however they would go to ground and remain hidden, so I could only manage a distant photograph.
White-naped, White-plumed and new Holland Honeyeaters, White-browed Scrubwrens, Striated Pardalotes, Dusky Woodswallows, Little Ravens, Grey Shrike-thrush, and Brown Thornbills were a few of the nearly 30 species ticked in a couple of very pleasant hours.