I spent a few hours in my local patch this morning, Sunday 31st October 2004 at Prospect
Reservoir (approx. 40 km west of Sydney CBD near Blacktown).
The Forest Red Gums (Eucalyptus Territicornis)
were in good flower around the reservoir attracting a fair number of honeyeaters
including lots of Scarlet, Brown-headed and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. There’s
been good flowering activity throughout this year at Prospect. Other bush birds
seen included a Grey Goshawk showing very well, Bar-shouldered Doves,
Channel-billed Cuckoo, Sacred Kingfishers, White-winged Trillers,
Crested Shrike-tits (performing great for Camera), lots of Rufous
Whistlers, Variegated Wrens, Weebills, White-throated
Gerygones, Olive-backed Orioles and Dusky Woodswallows. At one time I did my squeaking thing (a
recommended technique to bring birds close to the camera) and I had all at the same
time beautiful male Scarlet Honeyeaters, a male Mistletoebird,
Rufous Whistlers, Striated Thornbills
and Grey Fantails a metre above my head.
Amongst the waterbirds I had all 3
species of Grebe including a single raft of 27 Hoary-headed Grebes and 140 plus
Great Crested Grebes, Hardheads, 6 Pied Stilts and 11 Whiskered Terns (with many
of the later in nice breeding plumage).
The resident pair of adult White-bellied Sea-eagles was also
nesting this morning. One of the adults was on the nest and the other on guard.
There were also 5 Whistling Kites nearby.
Other animals seen included a Eastern
Bearded Dragon, Macquarie Short-necked Turtles (Emydura
signata dharuk), 2 European
Hares and lots of European Carps mating amongst the reservoir shores. Both
Dwarf Green Tree Frogs (Litoria fallax)
and Common Eastern Froglets (Crinia
signifera) were also calling around the reservoir.
Another good morning at the reservoir!