Category Archives: local species

Elster Creek in Jan

I had read in a “Friends of Elster Creek” newsletter that a little Grassbird had been seen at the Elster Creek golf course lake. I thought I would try to track it down and see what else was making the lake its home…The Grassbird is a secretive little bird that lives in tall reeds and lake side vegetation. Rarely seen but easily heard with a distinctive call that can be mimicked. I tried calling and it responded by flying over to the nearest reed bed and looking for the potential intruder. I think it was a juvenile as it did not have the strong colouring of an adult and did not make any calls of its own in defence of its new territory.

Little Grassbird

Little Grassbird

Little Grassbird II

Little Grassbird II

Many of the tall gums along the creek and at the golf course are flowering. The trees are full of birds – Rainbow and Musk Lorikeets and Red Wattlebirds. The Musk below took a while to find as I could hear him well (his call is quite different from the local Rainbow Lorikeet) but I could not see him. The Lorikeets are well camouflaged to help protect against predators.

Musk Lorikeet

Musk Lorikeet

 

A bird found in high numbers everywhere. Another gregarious species that can overwhelm a country town with their sheer numbers, noise and appetite. I found these guys digging up roots under large pine trees. Due to their numbers and generally easy going demeanor Galahs are a favourite of many raptors

Galahs

Galahs

Galah II

Galah II

Walking home I found a pair of spotted doves and took a shot of one to try and see the neck feathers a bit better.

Spotted Dove

Spotted Dove

Birds in my local area

I often walk around my area looking to see what new birds may be passing through. I can find up to 35 species in my area – I back onto a creek (officially a storm water canal) that has been revegetated with native planting and this has had the¬†effect of bringing in more birds to the area…there is quite a list building.

Little Wattlebird Elwood, Victoria - 3 Sept, 2014

Little Wattlebird Elwood, Victoria – 3 Sept, 2014

Australian Magpie, Elwood, Vic -  9 Oct 2014

Australian Magpie, Elwood, Vic – 9 Oct 2014

Crested Pigeon, Elwood, Vic -  3 Sep 2014

Crested Pigeon, Elwood, Vic – 3 Sep 2014

Male Magpie-Lark, Elwood, Vic -  3 Sep 2014

Male Magpie-Lark, Elwood, Vic – 3 Sep 2014

Rainbow Lorikeet, Elwood, Vic -  17 Oct 2014

Rainbow Lorikeet, Elwood, Vic – 17 Oct 2014