I am resending this as there was an error in the original (Regent
Parrot/Honeyeater) and I have had an email from "B-A bounces", so I am not
sure if the original email is still visible or not:
Resend of email:
As most people do these days we extended the Melbourne Cup weekend and had
5 days at Wyperfeld with a 1 day side trip out to Goshen and Lake Tuchewop.
The eremophila is almost finished flowering at Goshen so there weren't too
many honeyeaters around but we did find White-winged Fairy-wren and Orange
Chat at Lake Tuchewop.
Our target for the weekend was to get Redthroat on our Vic lists and after a
few walks we finally found out how to find them, by looking in the taller
teatrees along the edge of the grassy swales. There were good numbers of
Regent Parrot out at Lake Brambuk and we found a pair of Chestnut
Quail-thrush on the Malleefowl walk.
We ended our stay at Wyperfeld with a good list of all the expected species
and a few special ones including Chestnut Quail-thrush, Splendid Fairy-wren,
Hobby, Major Mitchell's Cockatoo, Inland Thornbill, Brown Songlark, Hooded
Robin, Gilbert's Whistler, Regent Parrot and Redthroat and Long-billed
Corella. We missed seeing a Malleefowl that was seen on the Malleefowl walk
and what did surprise us was we did not see any emus anywhere.
A Barn Owl was seen briefly and heard on two nights and Boobook were seen
and heard calling around the camp each night.
On the drive back to Melbourne the "how to make things happen" list again
proved its infallibility. When we stopped for lunch we watched a pair of
Weebills copulating on a branch and then doing an amazing courtship flight
where they faced each other and, while flapping manically like humming
birds, rose vertically for about 2 metres before breaking off in a game of
chasey around the branches. Then 4 Black-tailed Native-hens swam out in
line-astern from the shore and headed for a small island, tails and heads
erect, looking in the distance like small, black Pushmi-pullyus. My camera
was in the car! Sigh!
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