Tag Archives: Berwick

Brown Thornbill’s mid morning sun-bake

A return visit to Berwick to look for the Channel-billed Cuckoo, resulted in another failure. I did however enjoy another walk around the Wilson Botanic Park. On the boardwalk near the bird hide I found a young Brown Thornbill hunting for spiders and enjoying a little morning sun. He seemed quite young as I was only standing a few metres away and these little shy birds move quickly through the brush, never standing still or staying exposed in the open.

Brown Thornbill, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 6 Nov 2016

Brown Thornbill, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria

Brown Thornbill, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 6 Nov 2016

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Brown Thornbill, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 6 Nov 2016

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Brown Thornbill, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 6 Nov 2016

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Brown Thornbill, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 6 Nov 2016

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There can only be ONE!

At the Wilson Botanic Park last week, we noticed that there were dozens of turtles in the water and on the rocks sunning themselves. I watched as a pair fought it out for king of the rock…in slow motion…

Long necked Turtles, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 30 Oct 2016

Long necked Turtles, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria

Long necked Turtles, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 30 Oct 2016

Making his move…

Long necked Turtles, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 30 Oct 2016

Almost got it…

Lotus Flower Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 30 Oct 2016

ohh pretty, Lotus Flower 

Long necked Turtles, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 30 Oct 2016

a big splash…and one remained, oblivious to all the action…

Something wicked this way comes….

I was delighted to find that Berwick is a stronghold of the New Holland Honeyeater. It is a small, aggressive and active bird, quick to defend its territory and raise the alarm when it sees something not quite right. We had spent a few hours at a large Fig tree along Princes Highway waiting for the Channel-billed Cuckoo to turn up in a regular feeding tree. The New Hollands were along the  fence line behind us and as we made our way back to the car after our failed steak-out, they raised the alarm. Besides us walking by with our camera gear, the other threat I had seen was a Brown Goshawk cruising by and perched within  a nearby tree watching all the action.

New Holland Honeyeater, Princes Highway, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

New Holland Honeyeaters on the lookout for trouble

New Holland Honeyeater, Princes Highway, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

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New Holland Honeyeater, Princes Highway, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

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Brown Goshawk, Princes Highway, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

Brown Goshawk in a large nearby tree, watching all the local bird action.

Black Bird Singing…

I don’t often take much notice of the Common Black Bird as its well so common. They are also quite furtive and fly off in alarm whenever I walk by. I walked past the one below while exploring the Wilson Botanic Park in Berwick yesterday. It was singing in a low bush and allowed me to approach while I tried to get a few shots.  Most times of the year the Black Bird will just fly off in alarm and are only seen flying across roads and in front yards but in Spring they often find a vantage point in their local area and sing their beautiful song claiming their territory.

Black Bird, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

Black Bird, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick

Black Bird, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

Listening for the return call of a nearby Black Bird..

Little Wattlebird of Wilson Botanic Park

Today, with a few of the Port Phillip Birders, I visited the Wilson Botanic Park in Berwick. We were searching for the reported Channel-billed Cuckoo but while we were unsuccessful we did find a number of other beautiful birds. Much of the bottlebrush was in full bloom and attracted many birds feeding on the nectar.

Little Wattlebird, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

Little Wattlebird, enjoying the nectar of the native Bottlebrush

Little Wattlebird, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

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Little Wattlebird, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

III – I did not notice the second bird in the right hand bottom corner until processing.