What better way to spend 10 days between Easter and
the following Anzac long weekend that sitting back relaxing and getting in a bit
of bird watching amongst it.
This time last year when I visited Bendigo the
forests were very quiet. This year, the total opposite. Red Wattlebird and Noisy
Friarbird called from every point of call and a good variety of honeyeater were
also to be seen.
During this time my first Swift
Parrots for the season were observed, 30+ at one site and 5 at another.
At the first site, the parrots were under constant bombardment from the Red
Wattlebirds and Noisy Friarbirds. When they weren't being chased they either
perched to catch their breath, or took lerp from the leaves of Red Box, Yellow
Gum and Red Stringybark.
Also in the Sedgwick area Scarlet Robin, Varied
Sitella, Purple-Crowned, Little and Musk Lorikeets, Crested Shrike-tit, Golden
Whilster and hneyeaters (Yellow-tufted, Yellow-faced, Fuscous, White-plumed,
Brown-headed, Black-chinned and White-naped).
I also added a new species to my list of birds for
the Jackass Flat Flora Reserve, my childhood haunt. While watching a group of
honeyeaters feed on Ironbark blossum I observed a male Black Honeyeater
happily feeding away on the blossum. A total of 5 males and 1
female were observed.
Visiting Millwood Dam in the Kamarooka, a
well-known honeyeater spot, the area produced 6 species of honeyeater;
Yellow-plumed, Yellow-tufted, Fuscous, White-eared, White-plumed, Brown-headed
and also Red Wattlebird. Other birds included Grey Shrike-thrush and Superb
Fairy-wren, Musk Lorikeet, Eastern Yellow Robin and Crested
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