Had a great day out yesterday visiting some places
I don't often go as Harrington is about 2.5 hours drive from home so makes a
long day. Left at 7.30 A.M. and returned at 11.30 P.M. Saw 105 species for the
Brown Quail beside the road at Stroud Road, 50 kms
south of Gloucester.
First stop was at The Glen Nature Reserve in Craven
State Forest, 25 kms south of Gloucester.
I arrived at 8.30 A.M. just as the morning mist was
lifting, so got the morning chorus of birds increasing their activity for the
Highlights were a pair of Crested Shriketits and
good views of a male Cicada Bird , calling nicely.
The first cuckoos I had seen for a while included
Fan-tailed & Shining Bronze.
Honeyeaters were active in feeding and chasing each
Brown and Striated Thornbills were active and both
Grey and Rufous Fantails present, as well as Golden and Rufous Whistlers.
Red-browed Finches and Crimson Rosellas added some nice colours.
Next stop Dairy Swamp at Gloucester, which now has
plenty of water again.
Highlights were 15 Chestnut-breasted Mannikins
feeding on the plentiful supply of seeding grasses along with Red-browed
Finches. There were 3 adults and 12 immature Mannikins. Also 8 Australasian
Shovelers. Golden headed Cisticolas flitting around the long grass.
Onto Old Bar where I stopped to grab a pie at the
bakery to eat before the next wave of birding. A quick stop on the way to
the picnic area soon put paid to an early lunch as the first bird I saw was a
Beach Stone-Curlew ( a tick for me ). It was resting near some driftwood on a
sand island at around 12 O'clock and a low tide . Looking to the next sandy
area & there were another 2 Curlews as well. Watched them for ages through
the scope and also got some distant video footage. The single bird eventually
flew over to join the other 2. Every now and then they would venture out and
catch some Soldier Crabs on the sand and then return to their roost. At one
stage one brought back a crab and gave it to one of the other birds. Maybe a
young one or just being friendly. Anyone that knows that area may know if they
have bred this year or not.
It is the same sight as where the Kentish Plover
was seen ;last year, on the western side of the Little Tern breeding
Other birds around were
Pied Cormorant ( 22 )
Pacific Golden Plover ( 4 ) one in full breeding plumage
Double-banded Plover ( 2 )
Gull-billed Tern ( 8 )
Caspian Tern ( 1 )
Common Tern ( 25 )
Little Tern ( 450 - 500 )
Crested Tern ( 50 )
Presumably the Little Terns were our
summer visitors from the North. Many were in breeding plumage. Jill Denning
, I don't know how you manage to count thousands of Terns without going cross
Onto lunch and I was entertained by Rainbow and
Scaly-breasted Lorikeets feeding above me. Figbirds in a fruiting Fig and
Bar-shouldered Doves and New Holland Honeyeaters.
Next stop was Harrington
Highlights here were
Darter ( pair )
Osprey ( 1 )
Pied Oystercatcher ( 7 )
Sooty Oystercatcher ( 3 )
I finished the day in Crowdy Bay National Park
looking for Eastern Grass Owls without success. Added White-cheeked Honeyeaters