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A hungry Grey Currawong

On a long weekend stay at Daylesford, I went for an early morning walk around the lake. I had been getting up early to try and find a Nankeen Night Heron still hunting. I did find one and enjoyed excellent views but it was too dim to take any decent pics. While walking back to the house I came across a Grey Currawong. I usually see Pied Currawongs around my own area but only see Greys when I go down the  Mornington Peninsula or into Central Victoria. The Grey has a very distinctive call quite different to the Pied. I watched this bird hunt for grubs under the bark of a dead tree. It was very determined and was quite happy to ignore me as I worked around the tree looking for better shots.

Grey Currawong, Daylesford Lake, Victoria

Grey Currawong, Daylesford Lake, Victoria

Grey Currawong, Daylesford Lake, Victoria

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Grey Currawong, Daylesford Lake, Victoria

very determined to find grubs

Grey Currawong, Daylesford Lake, Victoria

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Central Victoria – Long Billed Corellas

Recently I spent a few days in central Victoria around the Daylesford and Newstead areas. I saw quite a few Long Billed Corellas ( a type of white cockatoo). There are two types of Corellas that we can find in Victoria – The Long Billed and the Little Corella. (Little Corellas can sometimes be found within the flocks of Long Billed Corrella as well as in suburban and country areas. Last Summer we had over 400 in our neighbourhood that roosted in the large Gum trees each night.) The Long Billed Corella tend to be found in the open dry country areas. The flock of Corellas below were in a farmers paddock and at the Jubilee Lake Caravan Park outside of Daylesford.

They are a gregarious bird with a lot of personality and quite fun to watch for a while as they feed, quarrel and move around. The sharp long bill is used to dig up weeds and grass to get access to the roots. They can damage a football or cricket oval quite quickly and extensively as they move around in flocks of several hundred. The can make quite a noise as well.

Long Billed Corella

Long Billed Corella



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