Tag Archives: Australian Reed Warbler

Nightingale of the Pooh Farm

Another bird species that thrives in the reed beds of the Crake Pit at the Pooh Farm is the Australian Reed Warbler…it is more often heard than seen, generally only  glimpsed  as it flies between clumps of reeds in the lagoons, secretive but loud during Spring/Summer breeding seasons.

The reed warbler has a loud ringing song and has been described as being one of the most melodious singers hence one of its the informal names, Nightingale. Often heard in Spring and Summer in wetlands with good reed coverage. The warbler uses sustained singing to defend its territory amongst the reeds.  It migrates north during autumn for the winter and back for the spring.

Acrocephalus australis  – Acrocephalus, Greek for  ‘peak head’ and australis Latin for ‘southern’ . Also called Clamorous Reed Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Reed-lark, Swamp Tit, Water Sparrow, Nightingale (HANZAB Volume 7b)

Australian Reed Warbler,  Western Treatment Plant, Victoria

Australian Reed Warbler, Western Treatment Plant, Victoria

Australian Reed Warbler,  Western Treatment Plant, Victoria

II

Australian Reed Warbler,  Western Treatment Plant, Victoria

…got the Damsel fly…

Australian Reed Warbler,  Western Treatment Plant, Victoria

IV

Australian Reed Warbler,  Western Treatment Plant, Victoria

…a quick leap to the next target…

Australian Reed Warbler,  Western Treatment Plant, Victoria

VI

Australian Reed Warbler,  Western Treatment Plant, Victoria

VII

Australian Reed Warbler,  Western Treatment Plant, Victoria

…typical pose when seen, hanging onto a reed ready to pounce on prey…

Elster Creek’s surprise visitor: a Pallid Cuckoo

Yesterday was hot and humid and after a lazy day I decided on a late afternoon walk along the creek at my back fence. I took my camera and 1.4 Extender to see what I could find up at the Elster Creek lake inside the Golf Course. At the lake, I ran into a young local birder/naturalist –  Gio F and we explored the creek up to a dense section looking for roosting Nankeen Night Herons but instead spotted a Pallid Cuckoo. It flushed a few times from high in the trees and we followed it around a few large Conifers trying to get a better angle for a picture. We ran into another local birder – David E (my birding mate from the Lake Tutchewop Twitch), who suggested that it was a young female Cuckoo probably starting the migration north and just passing through our area. They are quite rare in our part of the urban landscape.

Pallid Cuckoo, Elster Creek

Pallid Cuckoo, Elster Creek

Pallid Cuckoo, Elster Creek

Pallid Cuckoo II

Pallid Cuckoo, Elster Creek

Pallid Cuckoo III

 

Noisy Miners are native honeyeaters that have adapted extremely well to urban locations. They are a communal bird that are very aggressive and push out other species from areas. Some councils around Australia have started culling programs to reduce their numbers and it has worked – other species are making a come back.  The Miners, while being a pest are actually interesting to watch and study as they have 11 known warning calls for predators and a specific one for “raptors above”. We heard it used while standing at the lake and soon spotted a Brown Goshawk flying over.

The one below came over to have look at what we were up to – had it seen the Cuckoo, it would have put out a challenge call and brought the rest of the pack over. It seemed quite hot and was panting while it watched us.

Noisy Miner, Elster Creek

Noisy Miner, Elster Creek

Noisy Miner, Elster Creek

Noisy Miner II

Eastern Rosella

Eastern Rosella – this immature bird also came over to see what I was up to at the lake’s edge  – I was trying to entice a Little Grassbird out of the reeds by doing a bad impression.

Eastern Rosella

Eastern Rosella – I tried to mimic the Rosella’s calls ( a wide variety of piping chimes) and after a bit of a chat, the look he gave me suggested that I was a bit “special” and he took off…

Little Pied Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorant in the evening light

Australian Reed Warbler

Australian Reed Warbler – I did entice this guy out with a call.

Australian Reed Warbler

Australian Reed Warbler II