I followed the sound of the Kookaburras hoping to get a clear shot of one. In the forests they don’t tend to let you get too close. I found this one enjoying some late afternoon sun. After a few moments he noticed something behind me and took off and flew straight at me, swerving at the last second and down onto the path 10 or so meters behind me, pouncing onto some prey and then flying back up into the trees.
Kookaburra, Moorooduc Quarry
Kookaburra spotting prey (or my hat)
Moorooduc Quarry is fast becoming one of my favourite places to bird. It is a compact site with a variety of vegetation and landscapes and many bird species.
On the latest visit to check in on the Yellow Robin family I found the Robin now sitting on eggs in the nest.
Brooding Eastern Yellow Robin.
Keeping a careful eye on me – I kept my distance
I also found a few regulars and a new one for my site records – a Bassian Thrush – a speckled bird a little larger than a blackbird that loves to forage in the understory of thick cooler forests. While I was trying to photograph the Yellow Robins it popped out to see what the fuss was – posed for a few moments and then dashed back into the thick scrub. I have rarely seen a Bassian Thrush and this is only the second time I have been fast enough to get a photo.
Bassian Thrush, Moorooduc Quarry
Grey Butcherbird watching the antics of the Galahs
Female Galah watching the nearby group of male Galahs, Moorooduc Quarry
Male Galah enjoying some dandelion seed heads.
Posted in Bird Behaviour, Birds, Victoria
Tagged Australian Birds, Bassian Thrush, Bird Photography, Eastern Yellow Robin, Eastern Yellow Robin Nest, Galah, grey butcherbird, Moorooduc Quarry, Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna Reserve, Nature Photography, Victoria
I recently visited the family farm for a few hours of stacking 2 tonne of firewood with Fanior Ann and Henry Martin. After the job was done and the payment of lunch was settled, I had plenty of time to pass by Moorooduc Quarry to see how the Peregrine Falcons were getting on. I only heard and glimpsed one of the resident falcons but I did have good views of a Wedgetail Eagle drifting over on the afternoon air currents – too far above for any good shots. I found a few of my regular sidekicks as well as an ancient(ish) rock drawing of the legendary and deadly Drop Bear….
White Eared Honeyeater
White Eared Honeyeater II
Drop Bear – on the other side of the quarry I noticed an old warning etched into the rocks – everyone has a different opinion on what a drop bear looks like – this is as good as any I have seen.
Eastern Yellow Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin in a typical hunting pose – about to launch down onto the ground after a meal…
Posted in Animal, Birds, Victoria
Tagged Australian Birds, Bird Photography, Brown Thornbill, Drop Bear, Eastern Yellow Robin, Moorooduc Quarry, Nature Photography, Photography, Victoria, White Eared Honeyeater