This morning, I visited a nice little spot in the Mandurang State Forest (10 km
south of Bendigo), with the intention of looking for Swift Parrots. The habitat
is typical heathy dry forest dominated by Red Ironbark, Grey Box and Red
Stringybark and some Yellow Box along a drainage line. The ironbark is just
coming into blossom and there are good numbers of Fuscous, Yellow-tufted and
White-naped Honeyeaters in the area. However, it was the sighting of an adult
male Pink Robin that really excited me. I have been chasing this 'tick' for a
long time, visiting the wet forests of the central highlands without luck, so
you could imagine how chuffed I was to see this species in box-ironbark forest
so close to home. I obtained excellent views from as close as 7-8 metres.
Eventually, it was chased away by an adult male Flame Robin, which is an unusual
occurrence in forested areas (they are typically found in cleared farmland areas
during winter). To add to the excitement, 12 Swift Parrots flew overhead.
I have now seen Scarlet, Red-capped, Flame, Rose, Pink, Eastern Yellow and
Hooded Robin all within a few km's of this location. Is Bendigo the Robin
capital of Victoria?
A list from this mornings half-hour birding session follows:
Eastern Yellow Robin
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