My Spotted Pardalote folder is pretty full. However, recently at Cranbourne Botanic Gardens I couldn’t resist shooting a pair as they flitted about in the Ironbark woodland. They had a nest tunnel among some ground cover right beside what must be just about the busiest bit of pathway in the gardens.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
|Olive-backed Oriole at 'Golden Whistler Reserve' Drouin|
I’m not sure if the Olive-backed Oriole is a regular migrant to my corner of the world, or not? Despite their distribution maps suggesting they reach as far as SA, in the last 5 years since moving to West Gippsland, I’ve not seen or heard one around here. The bird was a regular each spring in my old territory of Central and East Gippsland and I was assuming our eucalypt woodlands here were not open or dry enough. (Feedback via the comments button welcome). Anyway, I ticked this one, above, recently beside the Drouin golf course.
|Juvenile Olive-backed Oriole|
The basket or cup-shaped nest of bark is suspended from a horizontal fork. Within their range, Olive-backed Orioles can be very nomadic as they follow the fruiting patterns of their favourite trees.
Despite their size (about that of a Grey Butcherbird or Magpie Lark), their excellent camouflage often makes Olive-backed Orioles difficult to see in the leafy canopy.
Thursday, November 7, 2019
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The Brown Gerygone, pronounced ‘jer-ig-on-nee’, is a small grey-brown bird that inhabits wet gullies in the foothills of the eastern seaboard of Australia. Often, they are first detected by their insect-like and incessant ‘which-is-it, which-is-it…’ call.
|Credit: Atlas of Living Australia|
They fall into the ‘LBB’ or ‘Little Brown Bird’ category and are easily confused with Brown Thornbills and perhaps White-browed Scrubwrens.