On the way home we decided to visit the Garden of St Erth, one of the Diggers Club Garden and Nursery sites – an open pollenated seed company specialising in heirloom species. Being out in the bush there is always a good chance of finding some good birds. I had to race back to the car to get binoculars and camera (after having promised to just look at gardening stuff) and to take some average canopy shots of two Gang Gang Cockatoos. An uncommon species that prefers higher altitudes and wetter forests. It was only my third sighting of this species. As typical of cockatoos they are a generally long lived species, very smart and gregarious. The Gang Gangs don’t seem to live in the large colonies that the Corellas and Sulphur Crested Cockatoos live in. I have only seen them in pairs though this was a groups of two pairs. As I watched they bickered, groomed and teased each other. The male has the bright red head and their calls sound like a creaky gate.
Gang Gang III
Gang Gang II
On the way home we drove through the Wombat State Forest (Lederderg Road) and spotted several young Blue Winged Parrots feeding on grass seeds along the roadside.
Blue Winged Parrot
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I had another go at trying to find owls and nightjars at Bunyip last night with my birding mate John. This was our second attempt. We arrived at around 6pm in late afternoon sun and went to a few regular spots to see what was about. There has been some good sightings lately from the area. Our best pickup was a family or small flock of Blue Winged Parrots. We managed to walk up quite close to one feeding on grass seeds on the Button Grass track and got a few average photos. After it eventually flew off a group of three almost landed on us – we had the sun low behind us and they may not have known quite what we were…
Blue Winged Parrot, Bunyip State Forest, Victoria – 27 Dec, 2014
At the Helipad we waited for nightfall and met up with a group of birders including Tim B. who helped us ID the White Throated Nightjar. The nightjar made two laps over our heads and was gone…not to be seen again. We were happy to have seen it and glad that Tim was there to help ID it – another lifer! No pictures unfortunately. John took a few pics of the moon while we waited for more birds to turn up. We had a walk along the track behind the helipad and heard a heap of Boobooks calling but nothing else.
John Van Doorn – Moon at the Helipad, Bunyip State Forest, 27 Dec 2014
After calling it quits at 11 pm we drove back via Gembrook and a Boobook almost flew into the windscreen. We stopped and drove back and found the Owl on a tree branch on the side of the road and got a few pics.
John Van Doorn – Southern Boobook, Gembrook, Victoria, 27 Dec 2014
December 28, 2014 in Birds, blue winged parrot, Boobook, Bunyip State Forest, John Van Doorn, Moon, Owl, Southern Boobook, Victoria
Tagged Australia, Australian Birds, Bird Photography, Blue Winged Parrot, Bunyip State Forest, Nature Photography, Owl, Photography, Southern Boobook, Victoria