Tracking the Jawbone Thornbills

On the weekend I made a return visit to the Jawbone Reserve in Williamstown. It was cold and windy but at least a sunny winter’s morning. The highlight of the walk was photographing Yellow-rumped Thornbills. They can often be found feeding in a busy twittering mixed species flock working the mid and lower levels of the forest canopy. I also see them feeding on the ground picking at what I assume to be small insects in the grass. On this occasion a flock of nine Thornbills were moving along the grass fringe near the Jawbone lagoons. I kept trying to intercept but they just worked around me at a distance of 20 feet or so. They seems to be moving along with the wind direction so I moved around and in front and let them work up to me. I tried sitting but they moved away so I just stood still as I waited for them to drift toward me. This seemed to work and I was generally ignored. At one point they were only several feet away and did not seem bothered by me at all. This was the first time I have had such a close look at this species. Usually I just hear their chittering in the forest and see a flash of yellow rump as they fly away.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Jawbone Nature Reserve, Williamstown, Vic

Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Jawbone Nature Reserve, Williamstown, Vic

Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Jawbone Nature Reserve, Williamstown, Vic

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Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Jawbone Nature Reserve, Williamstown, Vic

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Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Jawbone Nature Reserve, Williamstown, Vic

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Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Jawbone Nature Reserve, Williamstown, Vic

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Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Jawbone Nature Reserve, Williamstown, Vic

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5 responses to “Tracking the Jawbone Thornbills

  1. You did well to get close and got good picks Malt
    Their rump is so bright it is like a tail light. They also come to ground to eat small grass seed as well as insects in a similar
    Way to finches, We were watching there cousin the Buff-rumpled Thornbill on the weekend. Have a great week!

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  2. Lovely intimacy in these. I’ll look out for this bird next time I am at Jawbone

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  3. Gorgeous! Lovely captures.

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