A few weeks ago our little group of intrepid birders spent a few hours exploring Welch Track, located on the Dandenong Ranges National Park. It is a fairly short track and very steep at the start but one that offers a good range of vegetation and animal species including birds. We spent some slow time just waiting for birds to come by. The last time I visited I was looking for a lifer: the Large-Billed Scrubwrens and found them but did not manage any photos (though I did find and photograph a juvenile Power Owl.) This time around we found the target species (only the 2nd time I have seen them) and managed to get a few nice images. (I have included an example of the related White Browed Scrubwren for comparison – image from a local shoot)
Welch Track, Dandenong Ranges National Park
Large Billed Scrubwren, Welch Track, Dandenong Ranges Nat Park
Red Browed Treecreeper grooming after a quick dip in a local creek.
White Browed Scrubwren
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Another part of the Dandenong Ranges that I have explored briefly is a section near one of the Puffing Billy Steam Train Stations – Welch Track. It is a rather steep section of the Park with a good track leading down to a rainforest gully and then merging onto other tracks. I had seen a report of a few Large Billed Scrubwrens in the area and while I looked for them I found a few other interesting birds along the way.
Male Superb Fairy Wren
Red Browed Treecreeper – usually difficult to see as they stick to the higher canopies of very tall trees
Juvenile Powerful Owl – still with fledgling white chest feathers, and already with extremely large and lethal talons. The Powerful Owl is able to take much larger and heavier prey – a favourite being the brush tailed possum.
Even as a young Owl in daylight it had much better senses than I did – it knew when other people were coming down the track well before I did.
Welch Track Foliage and fallen tree
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