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
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
Making his move…
Almost got it…
ohh pretty, Lotus Flower
a big splash…and one remained, oblivious to all the action…
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 Honeyeaters on the lookout for trouble
Brown Goshawk in a large nearby tree, watching all the local bird action.
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
Listening for the return call of a nearby Black Bird..
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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, enjoying the nectar of the native Bottlebrush
III – I did not notice the second bird in the right hand bottom corner until processing.
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