Tag Archives: Goschen

Goschen Wheat fields

On my recent to trip North, I walked along one of the edges of the Goschen Bushland Reserve looking for birds. The early morning colour and light breeze made the new wheat look interesting. While photographing the wheat, a Raven flew to a nearby tree and collected what seemed to be wasps or flying ants.

Wheat fields, Goschen, Victoria, 2 Oct 2016

Wheat fields, Goschen

Wheat fields, Goschen, Victoria, 2 Oct 2016

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Wheat fields, Goschen, Victoria, 2 Oct 2016

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Australian Raven, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Victoria, 2 Oct 2016

Australian Raven, Goschen Bushland Reserve

Australian Raven, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Victoria, 2 Oct 2016

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Early morning chores at Goschen

On my last day visiting the Goschen Bushland Reserve, I was exploring a section with a small grove of Mallee trees and I heard the unmistakable call of the small Striated Pardalote (about the size of a finger). It can be a difficult bird to photograph as it usually remains high in the canopy feeding on lerp and small insects so I froze and waited to see if it was as near as it sounded. I noticed the Pardalote fly down to the side of a Mallee with a small moth in its mouth. It disappeared into a tiny hole, quickly flew back out and took off across the grassy field to the brush on the other side. I found a position behind some close by trees and waited for it to return. Ten minutes later one of the parents turned up without any food squeezed into the holed and re-appeared with a faecal sack, flew to a nearby branch, discarded it and flew off to continue the hunt. Between feedings there are always house cleaning chores to keep the nest tidy.

Striated Pardalote at nest hole, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Goschen, Victoria, 2 Oct 2016

Striated Pardalote at nest hole, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Goschen, Victoria, 2 Oct 2016

Striated Pardalote nest hole, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Goschen, Victoria, 2 Oct 2016

Striated Pardalote nest hole

Striated Pardalote nest hole, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Goschen, Victoria, 2 Oct 2016

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Striated Pardalote at nest hole, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Goschen, Victoria, 2 Oct 2016

Striated Pardalote at nest hole

Striated Pardalote at nest hole, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Goschen, Victoria, 2 Oct 2016

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Striated Pardalote at nest hole, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Goschen, Victoria, 2 Oct 2016

Tight fit

Striated Pardalote at nest hole, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Goschen, Victoria, 2 Oct 2016

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Striated Pardalotet, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Goschen, Victoria, 2 Oct 2016

Just dropped a faecal sack from the nest – this how many birds keep the nest clean and tidy, the chicks expel a sack of poo that the parent grabs and takes from the next and drops away from the area, leaving no indication of a nest. 

Striated Pardalotet, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Goschen, Victoria, 2 Oct 2016

Striated Pardalote.

Wild Goschen Cockatiels

I saw my first wild Cockatiel at Goschen Bushland Reserve on the weekend. I have seen a Cockatiel on the road near the You Yangs previously but I had assumed it was an injured escapee. The birds on the weekend were true wild Cockatiels. They were easier to approach than the other local parrots and cockatoos and were beautiful in flight, wide wings, flashing white markings and a lovely call which was easy to pick out amongst the other birds calling at the reserve. I found this little family a few times over the three days that I visited the reserve. A highlight of the trip north into the mallee country

Cockatiel, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Goschen, Victoria

Cockatiel, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Goschen, Victoria

Cockatiel, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Goschen, Victoria

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Cockatiel, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Goschen, Victoria

I found a small family flock of 4 including an immature Cockatiel

Cockatiel, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Goschen, Victoria

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Cockatiel, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Goschen, Victoria

Feeding on the new spring growth

Cockatiel, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Goschen, Victoria

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Cockatiel, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Goschen, Victoria

Immature Cockatiel, Goschen Bushland Reserve, Goschen, Victoria