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Green’s Bush Eastern Spinebill

During late Summer I have been spending most weekends walking around the various sections of Green’s Bush. Near the entrance to the Baldry Crossing Circuit I found this Eastern Spinebill feeding along the creek.

Eastern Spinebill, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National park, Vic

Eastern Spinebill, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National park, Vic

Eastern Spinebill, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National park, Vic

Eastern Spinebill, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National park, Vic

One that did not get away…

Eastern Spinebill perched waiting for snacks to come his way….

Eastern Spinebill, Langwarrin,

Eastern Spinebill, Langwarrin,

Eastern Spinebill, Langwarrin,

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Eastern Spinebill, Langwarrin,

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Eastern Spinebill, Langwarrin,

IV

 

Hungry, Shy and Alluring – the Ladies of Tarra Valley

During my recent trip to the Tarra Bulga National Park and the Tarra Valley, the weather was overcast and drizzly making the forests quite dark and difficult to photograph birds.

After a few days the sun did come out and I found a few interesting scenes of feeding, preening and secret bathing spots.

Immature Grey Shrike Thrush

Immature Grey Shrike Thrush waiting for a parent to bring a snack

Adult Grey Shrike Thrush

Adult Grey Shrike Thrush with a moth

Grey Shrike Thrushe

Grey Shrike Thrush feeding time

Silvereye

Silvereye

Silvereye

Silvereye preening

Silvereye

Silvereye keeping an eye on the voyeur with the camera

Eastern Spinebill

Eastern Spinebill – there were many large Fuschias around the campground and along the river (escaped plants) most likely established by previous owners of the campgrounds. The Spinebill loves this bush for the nectar in the flowers.

I had walked downstream from the campgrounds one evening and was looking at a small pond waiting for a platypus to appear when I remembered the old birding adage “always look behind you“. I did glance back up the creek and saw a large brown bird hopping into a rock pool and splashing about. It was a Lyrebird taking its evening dip.

Lyrebird

Lyrebird

Lyrebird

Lyrebird II

Lyrebird

Lyrebird bathing – small wings and a long tail make for very short flight – more of a ground dweller and branch jumper.

A dog barked nearby and the bird jumped back into the bushes so I took the opportunity to re-position and observe a bit longer. The Lyrebird made a few calls and came down a few minutes later and hopped right back in…

Lyrebird

Lyrebird – big claws for digging the rainforest floor for meals of insects, spiders and earthworms.

Lyrebird

Just right……

Lyrebird

Lyrebird splashdown  – photos following this one were a blur of feathers and water…quite funny to watch – she spent a fair bit of time working on the tail as well.

Lyrebird bath

Secret Lyrebird bath – after she left I had a look at the bath and it is a natural bathing spot – perfect for future stake-outs.

Lyrebird in Nest

My Blue Thunder co-owner and I found a different Lyrebird building a nest in the National Park – the nest was about 2 metres off the ground on the side of a large Mountain Ash tree. She placed sticks carefully and collected large mouthfuls of mouldy leaf litter to place on the bottom of the nest. She ignored us watching and taking photos from only a few metres away.

Lyrebird Nes

Lyrebird Nest on the side of the Ash. Invisible unless you saw her jump up into it.

Tarra River

Tarra River next to the campgrounds

Moss and Lichen

Moss and Lichen with a nice coloured bokeh background.

Colours of Cloudehill

In the third and final post on the Cloudehill Gardens, I selected a range of flowers that were impressive in their vibrancy and shape. The summer flowers are in full bloom. They have designed the gardens beds extremely well. It is a design with layers within a bed that will flower at different times making for year round interest. Most gardeners (including me) plant for a short spring display but the Summer period can last much longer. Planting a garden high in the hills can also help the plants from being cooked during a hot spell and can extend the spring feeling. Entry is free for kids and for members of the Diggers Club – otherwise it is $10 per person. Well worth the journey and the cost.

Red Flower

Red Flower

Red Flower II

Red Flower II

Red Flower and Bee with pollen baskets

Red Flower and Bee with pollen baskets on rear legs.

Red Field II

Red Field

Blue Flower with Spinebill

Blue Flower spike with Spinebill attached…

Purple Flower with Bee

Purple Flower with Bee

Part 1 : Birds of Cloudehill

Part 2: The Wonderful Gardens of Cloudehill

Birds of Cloudehill, Olinda

Within the Dandenong Ranges, about an hour east of Melbourne, is a stunning garden called Cloudehill. It is one of the three display garden nurseries of the Diggers Club. The other two gardens are the Garden of St Erth in Blackwood and Heronswood in Dromana. I think Cloudehill is one of the most beautiful gardens I have been to and as an added bonus it is usually full of birds.  While Mrs Gap Year wanders around and then hits the nursery shop or the cafe to read the paper I can go deeper into the gullies at the bottom of the gardens and look for birds. On this occasion I went to find the resident lyrebirds but for the first time I did not hear or see them. I did find a rather large and noisy flock of Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos – shooting into the canopy was difficult but with Lightroom the images could be salvaged.

Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo

Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo

Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo II - several were chewing on the bark of this tree.

Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo II – several were chewing on the bark of this tree.

Silvereye

Silvereye

Juvenile Silvereye

Juvenile Silvereye

Juvenile Spinebill

Juvenile Spinebill

Juvenile Spinebill II

Juvenile Spinebill II

Juvenile Spinebill III

Juvenile Spinebill III

Juvenile Spinebill IV

Juvenile Spinebill IV

Part 2  – The Wonderful Gardens of Cloudehill

Coming Soon:

Part 3 – Colours of Cloudehill