A favourite little friend

On my yearly trip to Mallacoota I always plan to drive down to Shipwreck Creek and walk the track to Seal Creek. Along the way I expect to see a good range of rare birds, including Southern Emu-wren and the very rare Ground Parrot. I actually did see a Ground Parrot but it flushed and took off in a wild zig zag flight that made it impossible to film: video or photos. I will try again next year. What I managed to photograph was one of my favourite little birds – the Southern Emu-wren: a feisty tiny bird the size of a fairy-wren but with a much longer tail and very small wings that allow for short hops of flight. The Emu-wren requires a good expanse of knee to thigh-high heathland clear of foxes and cats. Very few exist now close to urban areas. I have only seen them at Shipwreck Creek and Cape Howe Wilderness  Areas and at Anglesea Heath.

 I found these guys fairly early in the morning along the track to Seal Creek but on the way back they had all disappeared back into the heathland scrub. The males will fly up to a dead bit of scrub in the heath and look at the intruders coming into his patch.

Shipwreck Creek, Far East Gippsland

Shipwreck Creek, Far East Gippsland

Southern Emu-wren, Shipwreck Creek, Far East Gippsland,

Male Southern Emu-wren, Shipwreck Creek, Far East Gippsland,

Southern Emu-wren, Shipwreck Creek, Far East Gippsland,

II

Southern Emu-wren, Shipwreck Creek, Far East Gippsland,

Tiny wings and a long tail means that it is not a great flyer…

Southern Emu-wren, Shipwreck Creek, Far East Gippsland,

IV

Southern Emu-wren, Shipwreck Creek, Far East Gippsland,

Showing the delicate feathers of a very long tail

Heathland, Shipwreck Creek, Far East Gippsland

Heathland, Shipwreck Creek, Far East Gippsland

Heathland, Shipwreck Creek, Far East Gippsland

Along with birds it is also full of Tiger and Red Bellied Black Snakes…

2 responses to “A favourite little friend

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