It's rather cold in Toolangi State Forest (Vic Central Highlands) these
days, especially since the recent snow. Parts of the understorey have
been flattened. Tree ferns have lost their gentle curve with fronds
bent down or broken at the point of attachment. Many trees have fallen
over so access is limited in places until the roads are cleared.
The Lyrebirds are singing as always. Yesterday I saw a pair of Lewins
Honeyeaters mating. There are quite a few Lewins about. Wherever there
are Mountain Correas, there are Easter Spine-bills calling frequently as
they forage. I wonder why their wings flap so loudly when they fly.
Other birds that thrive here even in the cold of winter include Brown
and Striated Thornbills, White-browed Scrubwrens, Pilotbirds, Eastern
Whipbirds, Grey Shrike-thrushes, Red Wattlebirds, Yellow-tailed
Black-cockatoos, Eastern Yellow Robins and Laughing Kookaburras.
Crimson Rosellas add a splash of colour to the dark foliage. The song
of the Grey Butcherbird can be heard at times. Occasionally flocks of
Brown Honeyeaters can be seen, and heard, moving through the forest,
working their way over hanging strips of bark. A few Golden Whistlers
remain through the winter.
Looking forward to spring!
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