A common sound heard on the edges of the Mallacoota township belong to a large solid bird called a Wonga Pigeon. It is a bird that prefers dense scrub and rainforest. It has distinctive markings – blue grey upper body, and spotted white belly. The markings on the chest help with camouflage, imitating shadows amongst the trees. To me it looks like a large W. It will try and stay still and hide when you walk to close but when it flushes it is a loud clatter of wings and a mad dash through the branches and away. When several flush at the same time it is loud and generally spooks everything else nearby. The one below I found on an early morning walk near my campsite. It was not overly concerned by my presence and for the first time I managed to get a few images of this species.
- Follow The Gap Year and Beyond on WordPress.com
Top Posts & Pages
- Striated Fieldwren – Tootgarook Swamp
- Green’s Bush Eastern Spinebill
- Scrubbers along the track
- Churchill National Park Fairywrens.
- A challenging ID
- Yet to learn fear
- Hunters of Lake Tutchewop
- On the look out
- The Lake Tutchewop Twitch
- Spring’s endless demand
- A colourful hunter…
- Shake your tail feathers…
- Wow that guy is good!
- A home of grass and spider webs…
- Orioles and Kingfishers
Malt Padaderson on Striated Fieldwren – Too… srbottch on Striated Fieldwren – Too… Malt Padaderson on Striated Fieldwren – Too… aussiebirder on Striated Fieldwren – Too… Maurizio Perini on Murder mystery at Moorood…
TagsACDC Lane Australia Australian Birds Australian Pelican Bird Photography Black and white Black faced Cuckoo Shrike Black Swan Braeside Park Brown Falcon Brown Thornbill Crimson Rosella Duckboard Place Eastern Yellow Robin Elster Creek Elsternwick Lake Elwood Elwood Beach Goschen Bushland Reserve graffiti Great Egret Greens Bush Grey Kangaroo Hosier Lane Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve Little Pied Cormorant Little Wattlebird Mallacoota Melbourne CBD Melbourne Laneways Moorooduc Quarry Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna Reserve Mornington Peninsula Mornington Peninsula National Park Nature Photography New Holland Honeyeater Photography Pooh Farm Rainbow Lorikeet Rutledge Lane Spotted Pardalote Street Art Street Photography Sulphur Crested Cockatoo Superb Fairy Wren Tawny Frogmouth Urban Photography Victoria Welcome Swallow Western Treatment Plant