Tag Archives: Golden Headed Cisticola

Tootgarook lookout

I saw a few bird species working the fruiting thorn bushes near the Tootgarook swamp. Along with the Striated Fieldwren and I found small groups of adults and juvenile Golden-headed Cisticolas feeding on insects and hiding in the thorn bushes. One would sit at the top of a bush and keep lookout while the rest would feed. The young one pictured further below must have been fresh out of the nest as it was quite clumsy in flight and when trying to land between the thorns.

Golden headed Cisticola, Tootgarook Wetlands, Tootgarook, Vic

Golden headed Cisticola look-out, Tootgarook Wetlands, Tootgarook, Vic

Juvenile Golden headed Cisticola, Tootgarook Wetlands, Tootgarook, Vic

Juvenile Golden headed Cisticola navigating the thorn bushes.

A great visit to the Pooh Farm…

Its always a good visit when you see a rare bird (and even if only a glimpse), and get lucky with a few good close ups of a few favourites…I have only seen the Lewin’s Rail once before at the Coolart Wetlands and then this time at the Western treatment Plant.

Lewin's Rail,  Western Treatment Plant, Victoria

Lewin’s Rail, Western Treatment Plant, Victoria

Little Grassbird,  Western Treatment Plant, Victoria

Little Grassbird, Western Treatment Plant, Victoria

Golden-headed Cisticola,  Western Treatment Plant, Victoria

Golden-headed Cisticola, Western Treatment Plant, Victoria

I just want to sing!

The day can be cold, wet and windy out at the Western Treatment Plant but when the sun comes out and the wind calms down, a little Golden Headed Cisticola comes out to sing and compete with his fellow Cisticolas for territories and mates.

You Yangs, Western Treatment Plant

You Yangs, Western Treatment Plant

Golden Headed Cisticola, Western Treatment Plant

Golden Headed Cisticola, Western Treatment Plant

Golden Headed Cisticola, Western Treatment Plant

My turn to sing

Golden Headed Cisticola, Western Treatment Plant

III

Western Treatment Plant, Werribee (aka the “Pooh Farm”)

The pooh farm is one of the best birding sites in Victoria and arguably in Australia  – it is only 35 mins away for me and I go as often as I can (20+ times so far this year). I hardly get less than 65 birds and as high as 88 in one day. The good birders get over 100 in a day. To get access to all birding areas you need 2 permits and a key supplied by Melbourne Water.

Brown Falcon, Western Treatment Plant, Werribee - 19 Nov 2014

Brown Falcon, Western Treatment Plant, Werribee – 19 Nov 2014

Plant, Weribee, Victoria - 19 Dec, 2014

Golden Headed Cisticola, Western Treatment Plant, Weribee, Victoria – 19 Dec, 2014

Yellow Billed Spoonbills, Western Treatment Plant, Weribee, Victoria - 5 Nov, 2014

Yellow Billed Spoonbills, Western Treatment Plant, Weribee, Victoria – 5 Nov, 2014

Striated Fieldwren, Western Treatment Plant, Weribee, Victoria - 29 May, 2014

Striated Fieldwren, Western Treatment Plant, Weribee, Victoria – 29 May, 2014

Spotted Crake, Western Treatment Plant, Weribee, Victoria - 22 Aug, 2014

Spotted Crake, Western Treatment Plant, Weribee, Victoria – 22 Aug, 2014

Blue Winged Parrots, Western Treatment Plant, Weribee, Victoria - 22 Aug, 2014

Blue Winged Parrots, Western Treatment Plant, Weribee, Victoria – 22 Aug, 2014

Sharp Tailed Sandpiper, Western Treatment Plant, Werribee - 19 Nov 2014

Sharp Tailed Sandpiper, Western Treatment Plant, Werribee – 19 Nov 2014