Back in August this year I ‘ticked’ the Brown Gerygone in Uralla Reserve at Trafalgar. As if to confirm the Bird Life Australia comment … ‘In Victoria there has been a westward expansion of this species, with confirmed sightings in the Dandenong Ranges, east of Melbourne’, I have since found this little bird in Morwell National Park, Mt Worth State Park at Yarragon and just yesterday in Nangara reserve at Jindivick – seems to be doing quite well!
I particularly enjoyed finding the bird in Nangara, as I came across a pair in the middle of nesting duties. The typical dome-shaped nest with a downward pointing entrance tunnel was suspended in a small prickly, (deliberate?), tree in a shady gully.
The pair was busy lining the nest I believe, as they were flying in and out – without hesitating – and I think I got some distant views of feathers in their beaks.
Sometimes after exiting the nest, one or other would pause briefly for a quick clean up of its own plumage and I managed some poor images of them in the deep shade. I think I could spot the beginning of a ‘brood patch’ on one bird.
And, it must be Christmas! A few blossoms on the Prostanthera lasianthos were beginning to show.
Listen to the call of the Brown Gerygone courtesy of the Birds In Backyards site and Fred Van Gessel