Central Victoria – Newstead

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.

Rainbow Bee-eater

Rainbow Bee-eater

Rainbow Bee-eater II

Rainbow Bee-eater II – the bee-eater would land on a perch opposite the burrow and check for danger and anything showing any interest.

Rainbow Bee-eater III

Rainbow Bee-eater III – I did not notice until I processed the images that there was a second bird on the wire

Rainbow Bee-eater nesting burrow

Rainbow Bee-eater nesting burrow – very small hole that the bee-eater would fly full speed into to deliver food for the chicks…

Another colourful bird at the cemetery was a Striated Pardalote.

Striated Pardalote II

Striated Pardalote

Striated Pardalote

Striated Pardalote II

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.

Red Browed Finch with a piece of nesting material checking that it is safe to return to the nest site

Red Browed Finch with a piece of nesting material checking that it is safe to return to the nest site

Red Browed Finch at the nest

Red Browed Finch at the nest

Red Browed Finch Lookout

Red Browed Finch Lookout

One response to “Central Victoria – Newstead

  1. Pingback: Something odd in the paddocks | The Gap Year and Beyond

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