1st Jan 2015: a quiet start at Greens Bush

My birding related goals this year are to improve my photography and fieldcraft. To get off to a flying start I hit one of my favourite spots in the Mornington Peninsula National Park – Greens Bush. I visited twice over two days – midday on the first day and 9 am on the second. On the first visit it was full of families and groups  bushwalking and making a racket. Strangely there were quite a few birds around and lots of opportunities to take shots. The second day while it was earlier and I only saw two guys going for a cross run, it was very much quieter – not many birds around at all. This may have been because the forecast was for a hot day and the birds had found cooler patches to wait out the pending two day heatwave.

White Browed Scrubwren , Greens Bush, Vic 1 Jan 2014_

White Browed Scrubwren , Greens Bush, Vic 1 Jan 2014

White Browed Scrubwren II

White Browed Scrubwren II

Grey Fantail , Greens Bush, Vic 1 Jan 2014

Grey Fantail , Greens Bush, Vic 1 Jan 2014

 always a favourite to try and photograph  - Superb Fairy Wren, Greens Bush, Vic 1 Jan 2014

Always a favourite to try and photograph – Superb Fairy Wren, Greens Bush, Vic 1 Jan 2014

This bird took me a while and a lot of effort to find as a lifer in 2013 and I am still excited to see it whenever it pops up – they  are summer migrants to Greens Bush . They are hard to photograph and never sit still for very long and always seem to use a bit cover when having a look at something….

Rufous Fantail , Greens Bush, Vic 1 Jan 2014

Rufous Fantail , Greens Bush, Vic 1 Jan 2014

Rufous Fantail II

Rufous Fantail II

Rufous Fantail III

Rufous Fantail III

Rufous Fantail IV - showing the beautiful colouring on the back

Rufous Fantail IV – showing the beautiful colouring on the back

Rufous Fantail V

Rufous Fantail V

Rufous Fantail VI

Rufous Fantail VI

Rufous Fantail VII

Rufous Fantail VII

For the first time at this site I also found a large Koala up an unusual tree  – he was facing away and happy to glance at me and then ignore my presence.

Koala , Greens Bush, Vic 1 Jan 2014_

Koala , Greens Bush, Vic 1 Jan 2014

I knew I would find these guys soon enough as I could hear them from the car park – they are fun to watch as they preen, squabble and harass each other.

Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, Greens Bush, Vic 2 Jan 2014

Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, Greens Bush, Vic 2 Jan 2014

Sulphur Crested Cockatoos II

Sulphur Crested Cockatoos II

The Grey Kangaroos were also out and feeding, getting a quick top-up from mum, and resting. The female Roo feeding her young was very alert and had spotted me from the other side of the creek through the trees even though I was moving quietly and very carefully….

Grey Roo mum and joey , Greens Bush, Vic 2 Jan 2014_

Grey Roo mum and joey , Greens Bush, Vic 2 Jan 2014

Grey Roo , Greens Bush, Vic 2 Jan 2014

Grey Roo , Greens Bush, Vic 2 Jan 2014

3 responses to “1st Jan 2015: a quiet start at Greens Bush

  1. Hi !

    Great photos! Green’s Bush is one of my favourite places as well and I get down there fairly regularly. I was actually down there yesterday afternoon for a few hours, which led me to a Google Search and your Koala picture when I got home. I would be curious to know roughly where you sighted the Koala… I have never seen one there, however yesterday I thought I heard one grunting in the distance when I was in the far reaches of Baldry’s Circuit, and I have previously come across paw prints and scat down towards Long Point. Anyway, a nice walk yesterday, two echidnas sighted as well as yellow breasted robins, blue wrens and crimson rosellas, and to top it all off, a Wedge Tail Eagle on my way home.

    – Andrew

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    • Hi Andrew, I saw the Koala at back of the long circuit – I usually do the full Baldry Circuit. I was at Greens Bush on Sunday morning and heard what I thought was either a Koala or a Grey Kangaroo grunting. There were plenty of roos along the creek on the first part of the circuit and I assumed the big male put out a grunt alert about me walking nearby…I have checked the area where I first saw the koala a few times again but no luck. I also saw the Wedgetail Eagle. I have seen it a few times now cruising high overhead. The ravens mob it and give out the general alert. I will be putting up a new post on Greens bush in the next day or so…

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  2. I’ll keep an eye out now I’m certain they are there and let you know if I come up with anything… I usually get down that way at least once a month.

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