Since early-June 2014 BSQ has had to relocate to BSV (Birding Southern Victoria?….for work reasons)
Getting use to colder climes has been a bit tough but it looks like Spring in Melbourne is definitely on the way….and strangely the weather seems to be nicer on weekends, I wonder how long this will last? (…amazingly until November, author)
During the past 3 months I’ve had some great days out and owe a debt to local birdos Fiona Parkin, Brett Lane, Sonja Ross and Richard Nowotny. Visiting some great-spots such as Rushworth, Cape Shank, Pt Lonsdale, Anglesea and the Western Treatment Plant (WTP, surely the most important birding-site in Victoria?)
Since arriving here I’ve decided to try and ‘target’ species that I haven’t had much experience of, some of my main priorities being the Australasian Petroica Robins, previously only seen Flame and Pink once before.
One of the best-represented families in Victoria are the Australian Parrots and despite struggling to get images of some I’ve had some ‘mixed-luck’ with Blue-winged Parrots
Fourteen years ago Point Addis was the place to see Rufous Bristlebird, and the good news is that it still seems to be, this one appeared after Plaxy Barratt decided to check around the most-likely spot….the Toilet-Block!
Bunyip NP was very quiet when I visited with Fiona Parkin in August but I’m sure it will be a whole lot more exciting in summer, this Bassian Thrush gave excellent views on the Button-grass walk.
In September Fiona showed me some sites around the You Yangs and one of the most surprising sightings was this male Crested Shrike-tit, who came straight to my feeble imitation of it’s call.
The WTP is a great-place to look for wading-birds, these Spoonbills (of both Austraian species) can often be seen near the ‘T-Section’
Initially I identified this bird as a rock, imagine my surprise when Fiona turned it into a Cape Barren Goose!
Around mid-September raptor-nut Andrew Martin asked me if I wanted to see a Peregrine nest close to Frankston and I ventured to the south one Saturday morning, obviously the eggs hadn’t hatched but the birds still made sure we kept our distance.
Flame, Scarlet and Pink Robins were easy to see and photograph in August and September, possibly reacting to the coming spring-time?
Arriving in October flocks of waders and terns started to come back to the WTP, Avalon Beach, Point Cook and Cheetham Wetlands.
Raptors are also a great-draw to the WTP area, this Swamp Harrier almost caught a Moorhen in front of the car.
Near the end of October Fiona and I caught up with visiting Brisbane birding friend Julie Sarna and her husband Ed and we tried to get reasonable views of Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, in vain as it turned-out but our ‘heathwren-whisperer’ managed to show us Chestnut-rumped Heathwren and Southern Emuwren.
The last one is a little quiz, pretty easy if you live in Victoria, though!
To be continued…..