Kellys, Brindies

Subject: Kellys, Brindies
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2005 14:16:18 +1100

I went to Kellys swamp Friday, saw spotless crake, Australian spotted and Baillons crakes  feeding in the channel at various times. Most exciting for me was to finally see 4 greenfinches which came down to drink on the south side of the channel. 2 common bronzewings (1 juvenile, 1 adult), 2 red kneed dotterels, 4 black fronted dotterels, 2 shelducks, chestnut teal (1 or 2 males wasn't sure if the same bird), I wont even try to guess the sandpiper, 1 yellow thornbill. I think I made a comment in the past that I wondered why the grebes had left Kellys. Well over about ½ hour the stilt walked over much of the middle part of the swamp, they have long legs but they arn't that long, the depth must only be 10-40cm or less at the moment. A young fox came to the edge of the swamp on dusk, a lot of the ducks moved towards the fox, presumably mobbing.


Went to the Brindies Sat afternoon. Walked from Bulls head down Bendora dam road to Warks road and back. Saw 2 flame robins feeding nestlings, the nest was in the top of a burnt stump near a frog filled dam at Bulls head end. 1 rose robin. Gang gangs. Heard leaden flycatcher. I think I heard 2 olive whistlers, deep in a wet gully, it matched exactly the description in the book, but I am not really sure. There were so many scrubwrens, at one stage 5 were mobbing me, getting to within 1m, perhaps they are unused to humans now the road is closed. The vegetation was surprisingly green in the gullys, good recovery of tree ferns and the wet gullys have recovered well. On the ridges where trees were killed there is amazing variety of understory and lots of seedling gums. Some Derwentias, Lomandras and  I think a senecio were finishing flowering.

Benj Whitworth


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