Sunday, May 29, 2016

Pilotbird



A recent day spent with the Latrobe Valley Field Naturalists on a ‘fungi foray’ in the Mt Tassie area proved very rewarding.

As usual, I could barely keep up with the knowledge that spills from these people as they identify and discuss various plants, fungi, invertebrates etc. Not wanting to be a nuisance, I stopped asking how to spell botanical names, which family, why is that different from, etc, very early in the walk. I quickly scribbled down my interpretation of what was said and hit the field guides that night. Perhaps I absorbed 10-20% of the information and here’s some of it … (click on images for a larger version).
 
Hericium coralloides

Pleurotus sp

Chlorociboria aeruginascens

Coprinellus disseminatus
The lunchtime highlight was a visit by a Crimson Rosella and a Pilotbird. The crim very readily chewed on a leftover apple core while allowing the photographers to take their pictures on macro settings.

We were about to leave and Ken interrupted our goodbyes with, “There’s a Pilot Bird under the picnic table”. Lo and behold, the bird strutted into our midst and proceeded to pick at the crumbs at our feet. We were amazed and delighted to see such a rarely sighted species so close up.
Pilotbird, yey!
The bird allowed us to get plenty of photos and despite continual flashes from the cameras, it remained preoccupied with its food gathering task for some 5 minutes or more. We were in a popular picnic ground and car park, testament to the way some individual birds will readily become accustomed to and even benefit from human presence.

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