Tag Archives: Chiltern

The Speckled Warbler of Bartley’s Block

I like to visit the Chiltern area (North East Victoria) at least once a year and try to time it to Spring when the birds start to migrate south from the warmer states. One of the best spots for a good variety of birds is Bartley’s Block, a few kilometres north of the small township of Chiltern. When staying in the area I will visit Bartley’s twice a day: early morning and early evening.  While a regular at Bartley’s Block, the Speckled Warbler is a difficult bird to photograph. It is  busy and always on the move, hunting and patrolling its territory. On my last visit I finally found a warbler at the top of the scrub in the centre of the block. The Warbler was singing its heart out but stopped to watch me and make sure I moved on before it resumed singing.

Speckled Warbler, Bartleys Block, Chiltern National Park

Speckled Warbler, Bartleys Block, Chiltern National Park

Speckled Warbler, Bartleys Block, Chiltern National Park

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Speckled Warbler, Bartleys Block, Chiltern National Park

Watching the intruder in his patch

2 New Lifers – 313 & 314

It has been a pretty good few months tracking down and photographing new birds. I picked up 2 new lifers  – an Osprey at the Treatment Plant, well out of its usual territory and a Painted Honeyeater in the Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park – I finally saw the Honeyeater after several long trips to the Chiltern district in Northern Victoria over the last few years.

The Osprey was seen along the coast over winter between Geelong and Melbourne and seemed to settle down for a few weeks at the Treatment Plant. But it has not been sighted since the much larger Sea Eagles returned. On a recent trip we saw three White Bellied Sea eagles but no sign of the Osprey.

Osprey, Western Treatment Plant

Osprey roosting in the late afternoon on an abandoned Cormorant nest, Western Treatment Plant

Painted Honeyeater, Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park

Painted Honeyeater, Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park

Painted Honeyeater, Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park

A beautiful little honeyeater with a lovely distinctive call.