Saturday, October 21, 2017

A Few Recent Out and Abouts

Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Warneet.
Spider-orchid, Morwell
Great Egret, Tooradin.
Blue-winged Parrot, Grantville.
Tiger Snake, Grantville.
White Wax-lip Orchid, Grantville.
Wallflower-orchid, Won Wron.
Wax-lip Orchid, Lang Lang.

Saturday, October 14, 2017


The Greenhoods are done …

… and the Waxlips are on show …

Lorikeets are pairing off …

… and inspecting their nest hollows.

Spotted Pardalotes have dug their tunnels and are lining their nests …

Here's hoping for a good season.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

That Old "Bird in the Mirror" Trick

The other day, just as DN and I pulled up at Adams Creek NCR and put the kettle on – we were there to see the recent explosion of Glossodia sp, (more of that later) – this little avian visitor entertained us while we dined …
Superb Fairy-wrens can interrupt my cuppa anytime.

Also, just as we finished our explorations, an Echidna appeared and let us get some images for the computers.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

More Cannibal Capers

Another brief visit to Mt Cannibal produced some nice sightings yet again....
Bird-orchids are beginning to flower
Blue Stars are appearing in places
Fantail Cuckoo - a sure sign of a new saeason
Mountain Greenhood - well hidden but present
White Fingers - my first Caladenia for the season
Early Nancys - who can resist photographing this common flower?

Sunday, September 24, 2017

A Brief Mt Cannibal Visit

After a recent 'heads up' that things were beginning to happen on cannibal, a brief visit late last week produced some good sightings ...

Brown Thornbill. A favourite LBJ.

Yellow-faced Honeyeater. Beginning to be vocal.

Diuris sp. Quite small flower-heads.

Horny Cone-bush #1. Relatively unusual

Isopogon ceratophyllus. Horny Cone-bush #2

"I'm watching you".
Thanks DN, another good day in the bush.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Things in Paddocks

Dave and self, braved the inclement forecast today and checked out the bushland reserve at Outtrim.

The recent and current rain has resulted in plenty of temporary or casual water in the paddocks. Coots, herons, lapwings, various ducks, etc were all delighted.

The scores of Nodding Greenhoods were on their last legs. As we scanned the trees and the ground, we were being scanned ourselves from afar.

We renamed the reserve at Outtrim, Grey Fantail Central. We ticked 15 birds in little over an hour, including Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike and Red-browed Finch. Considering the weather, we thought our bird list wasn't too bad.

The predicted "increasing showers" had arrived and we headed for home.

Just north of Beena we were delighted to glimpse a White-necked heron stalking prey in the wet grass. As we stopped to 'get a shot', an Egret flew in to join the picture.

Dave crept closer for a better shot much to the interest of the resident horse – and my delight!
Who's creeping up on who?
"C'mon Dave, I'm getting wet, stop horsing around"

Our final good sighting for the day was a Shellduck. Very smart looking ducks I reckon.