One of the main reasons for the trip to Central Victoria was to visit the Newstead area and have a look for Bee-eaters. I have heard that they are breeding at the cemetery in a nearby creek bed. They burrow into the side of sandy cliffs. On the day I visited I could hear quite a few calling from the paddocks across the road and in the creek bed running through the nearby farm land (sheep grazing). Only a small section of the creek is accessible from the cemetery so I sat down and watched for a while to see whether some of the bee-eaters hawking over the paddocks would return to the nesting holes I could see from my vantage point.
Another colourful bird at the cemetery was a Striated Pardalote.
On the way back to Daylesford I stopped in at the Newstead Rotunda Park – it is a small neglected park that seems to have many small birds including Thornbills, Silvereyes, Red Browed Finches, Fantails and a colony of White Browed Babblers. I found a group of Red-Browed Finches building several large nests in a dense spiky shrub.
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