Tag Archives: Elwood

Tracking the Rosellas

A friend has been tracking the Eastern Rosellas that have been nesting in the golf course along  Elster Creek. He is studying the plumage variations from newly fledged through to adult by photographing and observing three generations of local birds.  The Rosellas managed to raise 4 chicks and all seemed to fledge but in recent sightings only two are being regularly seen. The area has roaming foxes, cats and dogs and the birds often feed on the ground. The juveniles are inexperienced and too trusting of approaching danger. Over the last few days I have been looking for and photographing the Rosellas to see how they progressing. They have favourite roosting and feeding spots and make feeding calls to each other – a lovely piping sound. They are one of my favourite local birds.

Platycercus eximius  – meaning “excellent broad-tail”.

Eastern Rosella, Elster Creek, Elsternwick, Vic, 5 Dec 2016

Eastern Rosella, Elster Creek, Elsternwick, Vic, 5 Dec 2016

Eastern Rosella, Elster Creek, Elsternwick, Vic, 5 Dec 2016

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Eastern Rosella, Elster Creek, Elsternwick, Vic, 5 Dec 2016

One of the juveniles, quite trusting on approach. 

The Muskies are coming…

When the Eucalypts start flowering in summer the Musk Lorikeets start arriving in good numbers along Elster Creek and in the trees at Elsternwick Lake. Lorikeets are highly mobile and will follow flowering eucalypts all over the state.  The muskies have a distinctly different call to the locally common Rainbow Lorikeet.  I walked over to the lake on the weekend with a birding friend and we followed our ears to the red flowering gums. A few of the Muskies were low enough to photograph, most shots were of their typical pose – upside down and head into a flower.

Scientifically known as Glossopsitta concinna meaning “elegant tongue parrot” – due to the way it feeds on pollen and nectar rich flowers.

Musk Lorikeet, Elsternwick Park, Elsternwick, Vict, 3 Dec 2016

Musk Lorikeet, Elsternwick Park, Elsternwick

Musk Lorikeet, Elsternwick Park, Elsternwick, Vict, 3 Dec 2016

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Musk Lorikeet, Elsternwick Park, Elsternwick, Vict, 3 Dec 2016

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Musk Lorikeet, Elsternwick Park, Elsternwick, Vict, 3 Dec 2016

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Musk Lorikeet, Elsternwick Park, Elsternwick, Vict, 3 Dec 2016

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Musk Lorikeet, Elsternwick Park, Elsternwick, Vict, 3 Dec 2016

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Musk Lorikeet, Elsternwick Park, Elsternwick, Vict, 3 Dec 2016

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Sparrow colony of Ormond Road

With the weather a bit too wild and wet for a walk along the beach, I went to find the local House Sparrow colony at the nearby shops. There are several palm trees that are flowering and the sparrows were enjoying a floral feast. A few fed while the rest waited for the rain to stop.

House Sparrow, Ormond Road, Elwood, Victoria, 1 Nov 2016

House Sparrow, Ormond Road, Elwood

House Sparrow, Ormond Road, Elwood, Victoria, 1 Nov 2016

Waiting out the rain

House Sparrow, Ormond Road, Elwood, Victoria, 1 Nov 2016

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House Sparrow, Ormond Road, Elwood, Victoria, 1 Nov 2016

Enjoying the flowers and seeds of the palm trees

House Sparrow, Ormond Road, Elwood, Victoria, 1 Nov 2016

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House Sparrow, Ormond Road, Elwood, Victoria, 1 Nov 2016

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House Sparrow, Ormond Road, Elwood, Victoria, 1 Nov 2016

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House Sparrow, Ormond Road, Elwood, Victoria, 1 Nov 2016

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A Spring walk to the beach.

Nothing like a walk on a lovely spring’s day after so much bad weather. I am pretty lucky that I can walk out my back gate down the local creek and to the Elwood beach. Along the way I can find all sorts of interesting things to photograph. On this occasion I found a juvenile Little Raven waiting patiently to be fed, a Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike hunting for food in a large Plain Tree and a beautiful Silvereye at Point Ormond. I am so focussed on the birds that I often forget to take a few landscapes for the context…I promise I will next time…

Silvereye, Point Ormond, Elwood, Victoria, 1 Nov 2016

Silvereye, Point Ormond, Elwood

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Elster Creek, Elwood, Victoria, 1 Nov 2016

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Elster Creek, Elwood

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Elster Creek, Elwood, Victoria, 1 Nov 2016

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Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Elster Creek, Elwood, Victoria, 1 Nov 2016

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Little Raven, Elster Creek, Elwood, Victoria, 1 Nov 2016

A young Little Raven waiting for a feed.

 

Point Ormond Coastal Reserve

The bush reserve below the Navigation Point at the beach along Elwood foreshore is full of small birds hunting the prolific insects currently available. The insect numbers have exploded due to the wet weather and perfect insect conditions. The local birds and a few migrating through are enjoying the bounty and are well under way with their breeding season. Both the species below seem to have an angry, annoyed expression when they look at you…

Grey Fantail, Point Ormond Coastal Reserve, Elwood, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

Grey Fantail, Point Ormond Coastal Reserve, Elwood

Grey Fantail, Point Ormond Coastal Reserve, Elwood, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

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Grey Fantail, Point Ormond Coastal Reserve, Elwood, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

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White-browed Scrubwren, Point Ormond Coastal Reserve, Elwood, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

White-browed Scrubwren, Point Ormond Coastal Reserve, Elwood

White-browed Scrubwren, Point Ormond Coastal Reserve, Elwood, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

Taking a mouthful of insects back to the nest…

White-browed Scrubwren, Point Ormond Coastal Reserve, Elwood, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

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On the lookout

Elster Creek runs through the local golf course. Over the last few years the number of local Eastern Rosellas has started to increase and now we actually have a pair nesting in a new breeding box built by a local naturalist Gio. So many mature trees with hollows have been cut down that the Rosellas and many other hollow nesters don’t have anywhere locally to breed. Gio has been building boxes for several years and has come up with designs to suit various species as well as stop the possums from taking the box for their own. He trials the possum proof designs on his own backyard fence.  The rosella is a favourite for photographers but can be a challenge as they are quite timid and flighty around people. I found the one below acting as a lookout for a group feeding on pine cone seeds in a confer.

Eastern Rosella, Elster Creek, Elsternwick, Victoria, 18 Sept 2016

Eastern Rosella, Elster Creek, Elsternwick, Victoria

Elwood’s colourful streets

I noticed that lately there has been an increase in local street art in the walkways and lanes of my home patch in Elwood. I am quit enjoying the developing art scene. Plenty of brick walls available along our many alleys and laneways…

Elwood street Art, Elwood, Victoria

Elwood street art, Elwood, Victoria

Elwood street Art, Elwood, Victoria

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Elwood street Art, Elwood, Victoria

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Elwood street Art, Elwood, Victoria

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Elwood street Art, Elwood, Victoria

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Elwood street Art, Elwood, Victoria

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Elwood street Art, Elwood, Victoria

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Elwood street Art, Elwood, Victoria

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