Tough nut to crack…

I have been to Mallacoota each December for the last 4 years looking for birds that don’t often make it into Victoria or live anywhere near Melbourne. Some of the birds are resident in the Mallacoota area like the Southern Emu-wren, the Eastern Bristlebird and the Eastern Ground Parrot. I have seen the rare Ground Parrot several times early in the morning at Shipwreck Creek – about 15kms outside of Mallacoota. On previous occasions the bird/s flushed and were gone, and going off track into the snake infested heathland did not help me re-find them. On this trip I thought I would just go early every morning until I had a chance to photograph this rare and shy parrot. On the first attempt I stalked so slowly and carefully along the path that I startled a large deer that was only a few metres off the track behind a thick bush. I am not sure who was more frightened. I thought I had no chance of finding the parrot with all the noise the deer made taking off through the undergrowth but about 50m further on a parrot flushed from the opposite side of the track where I was expecting to see it and instead of trying to photograph it in a mad panic, I carefully watched where it flew and stalked it further into the scrub. Taking a lot of time and winding my way through all the heath I found a small over-grown track and whilst surveying the path for likely spots I found the small parrot just sitting on branch watching me. I took a series of shots and moved closer and around the parrot trying to get better angles. Eventually it ducked down onto the path and disappeared into the thick heath.

Eastern Ground Parrot, Shipwreck Creek, Mallacoota, Victoria, 18 Dec 2016.JPG

Eastern Ground Parrot, Shipwreck Creek, Mallacoota, Victoria

Eastern Ground Parrot, Shipwreck Creek, Mallacoota, Victoria, 18 Dec 2016.JPG

II

Eastern Ground Parrot, Shipwreck Creek, Mallacoota, Victoria, 18 Dec 2016.JPG

with a beautiful long tail almost hidden by the grass

Eastern Ground Parrot, Shipwreck Creek, Mallacoota, Victoria, 18 Dec 2016.JPG

IV

Eastern Ground Parrot, Shipwreck Creek, Mallacoota, Victoria, 18 Dec 2016.JPG

V

Eastern Ground Parrot, Shipwreck Creek, Mallacoota, Victoria, 18 Dec 2016.JPG

Eastern Ground Parrot camouflaged in the heath foliage…

6 responses to “Tough nut to crack…

  1. What wonderful images of an amazing parrot! It was a wonder you could see it to photograph it, such is its camouflage. Very nice captures!

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  2. Great little story, and very funny! Sneaking around in the bush isn’t for the faint hearted. Love the bird too.

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  3. Thanks Sue, I left out the part where I yelled in fright when I surprised the very large deer with the big antlers (in my defense I was looking for a very small bird not a monster) , too embarrassing…

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  4. I have a neighbor who would love to trek with you in search of these elusive species you show us. Me? I don’t think I’d have the patience. What is your equipment?

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