Tag Archives: Adams Creek Nature Conservation Reserve

Silicon mine Spotted Pardalote

Along one of the fence lines of the Adams Creek Nature Conservation Reserve are several silicon sand mines used to produce silicon for glass manufacturing. The reserve is surrounded by large pits that are in use or have been filled by rainwater and are reverting to a more natural state. While counting waterbirds I heard the call of a small Spotted Pardalote that was so loud that it felt like it was on my head (or next to my ear). It turned out to be a male pardalote on a low branch several feet away from the cliff edge that I was standing on. The light was bright but the photos had an odd feel about them. When I moved away, the pardalote flew down to its cliff face burrow and kept watch. When it sounded its territorial call it made a 3 note call, a soft note followed by a louder higher two note call. When calling they extend their neck upwards and the call seems to come from the throat, I hardly saw it open its beak…

Spotted Pardalote, Adams Creek Reserve, Nyora, Victoria, 4 Dec 2016

Spotted Pardalote, Adams Creek Reserve, Nyora, Victoria, 4 Dec 2016

Spotted Pardalote, Adams Creek Reserve, Nyora, Victoria, 4 Dec 2016

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Spotted Pardalote, Adams Creek Reserve, Nyora, Victoria, 4 Dec 2016

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Spotted Pardalote, Adams Creek Reserve, Nyora, Victoria, 4 Dec 2016

Spotted Pardalote on watch near its cliff face burrow

A new site explored – Adams Creek Nature Conservation Reserve

Along the South Gippsland highway past Cranbourne and heading to Wonthaggi is a Conservation Reserve called Adam’s Creek. A fellow birder had discovered it a while back and after an explorative visit together I went back the following week to spend more time. It is an impressive area and I am surprised that more people have not reported their bird sightings from there. It is a multi-use site shared by walkers and horse-riders. and while there are signs for motorbikes to keep out it seems to be heavily used by the local riders. One edge of the reserve is bordered by an old railway line that serviced the South Gippsland area. It stopped running 30 years ago.

While exploring the reserve I heard and found a pair of Brush Cuckoos Рmy first time seeing and photographing this species.

Brush Cuckoo, Adams Creek Reserve, Nyora, Victoria, 4 Dec 2016

Brush Cuckoo, Adams Creek Reserve, Nyora

Old South Gippsland Rail-line, Adams Creek Reserve, Nyora, Victoria

Old South Gippsland Rail-line

Old South Gippsland Rail-line, Adams Creek Reserve, Nyora, Victoria

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Old South Gippsland Rail-line, Adams Creek Reserve, Nyora, Victoria

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Under-story, Adams Creek Reserve, Nyora, Victoria, 4 Dec 2016

Under-story, Adams Creek Nature Conservation Reserve

Common Brown Butterfly, Adams Creek Reserve, Nyora, Victoria, 4 Dec 2016

Sword Grass Brown Butterfly

Eastern Whipbird, Adams Creek Reserve, Nyora, Victoria, 4 Dec 2016

Eastern Whipbird

Brush Cuckoo, Adams Creek Reserve, Nyora, Victoria, 4 Dec 2016

Brush Cuckoo

Brush Cuckoo, Adams Creek Reserve, Nyora, Victoria, 4 Dec 2016

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Brush Cuckoo, Adams Creek Reserve, Nyora, Victoria, 4 Dec 2016

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