In August 98 I posted a list of birds seen in the Redcastle State
Forest, north of Heathcote, Victoria. A highlight of that day was a pair
of HOODED ROBINS at Holt's Flat.
We looked for them on subsequent visits, but never saw any again till
today - first visit for some months. A male bird was using the wire
fence as lookout and making feeding dives down to the ground, and
occasionally chasing flying insects.
Conditions fine and sunny, particularly when on the north side of the
hill in shelter from a cool breeze. Rain had obviously fallen locally
but not enough yet to make the local creek flow - still plenty of
puddles on roads.
Other birds seen in a short walk at that location:
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Galahs galore, Lorikeet sp.,Red-rumped
Parrot, 1 pair
Horsfield Bronze-cuckoo - 1 bird perched on fence, back gleaming in the
Flame Robins, 2 pairs, Hooded Robin- 1 male, Jacky Winter
Grey Shrike-thrush, Restless Flycatcher, Grey Fantail, Willy Wagtail
Superb Blue Wrens
Sittellas (orange-winged form), Brown Treecreepers
White-plumed Honeyeaters, Fuscous Honeyeaters
Striated Pardalotes - heard only
White-winged Choughs, Australian Magpies, Australian Ravens
Not bad for half an hour. Lots of other nice birds elsewhere in the
Forest too, inc. Yellow-tufted and Yellow-plumed honeyeaters, Eastern
and Crimson Rosellas, Oriole, Common Bronzewing, plus Pallid, Fantail
and Shining(Golden!) Bronze Cuckoos.
Anthea Fleming in Melbourne
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