Central Victoria – Blackwood (Garden of St Erth)

On the way home we decided to visit the Garden of St Erth, one of the Diggers Club Garden and Nursery sites – an open pollenated seed company specialising in heirloom species. Being out in the bush there is always a good chance of finding some good birds. I had to race back to the car to get binoculars and camera (after having promised to just look at gardening stuff) and to take some average canopy shots of two Gang Gang Cockatoos. An uncommon species that prefers higher altitudes and wetter forests.  It was only my third sighting of this species. As typical of cockatoos they are a generally long lived species, very smart and gregarious. The Gang Gangs don’t seem to live in the large colonies that the Corellas and Sulphur Crested Cockatoos live in. I have only seen them in pairs though this was a groups of two pairs. As I watched they bickered, groomed and teased each other. The male has the bright red head and their calls sound like a creaky gate.

Gang Gang III

Gang Gang III

Gang Gang II

Gang Gang II

Gang Gangs

Gang Gangs

On the way home we drove through the Wombat State Forest (Lederderg Road) and spotted several young Blue Winged Parrots feeding on grass seeds along the roadside.

Blue Winged Parrot

Blue Winged Parrot

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