Dawdling in the Dandenongs

A few weeks ago our little group of intrepid birders spent a few hours exploring Welch Track, located on the Dandenong Ranges National Park. It is a fairly short track and very steep at the start but one that offers a good range of vegetation and animal species including birds. We spent some slow time just waiting for birds to come by. The last time I visited I was looking for a lifer: the Large-Billed Scrubwrens and found them but did not manage any photos (though I did find and photograph a juvenile Power Owl.) This time around we found the target species (only the 2nd time I have seen them) and managed to get a few nice images. (I have included an example of the related White Browed Scrubwren for comparison – image from a local shoot)

Welch Track, Dandenong Ranges National Park

Welch Track, Dandenong Ranges National Park

Large Billed Scrubwren, Welch Track, Dandenong Ranges Nat Park

Large Billed Scrubwren, Welch Track, Dandenong Ranges Nat Park

Large Billed Scrubwren, Welch Track, Dandenong Ranges Nat Park

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Large Billed Scrubwren, Welch Track, Dandenong Ranges Nat Park

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Red Browed Treecreeper, Welch Track, Dandenong Ranges Nat Park

Red Browed Treecreeper grooming after a quick dip in a local creek.

White Browed Scrubwren

White Browed Scrubwren

 

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