Tag Archives: Wilson Botanic Park

Brown Thornbill’s mid morning sun-bake

A return visit to Berwick to look for the Channel-billed Cuckoo, resulted in another failure. I did however enjoy another walk around the Wilson Botanic Park. On the boardwalk near the bird hide I found a young Brown Thornbill hunting for spiders and enjoying a little morning sun. He seemed quite young as I was only standing a few metres away and these little shy birds move quickly through the brush, never standing still or staying exposed in the open.

Brown Thornbill, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 6 Nov 2016

Brown Thornbill, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria

Brown Thornbill, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 6 Nov 2016

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Brown Thornbill, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 6 Nov 2016

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Brown Thornbill, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 6 Nov 2016

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Brown Thornbill, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 6 Nov 2016

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There can only be ONE!

At the Wilson Botanic Park last week, we noticed that there were dozens of turtles in the water and on the rocks sunning themselves. I watched as a pair fought it out for king of the rock…in slow motion…

Long necked Turtles, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 30 Oct 2016

Long necked Turtles, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria

Long necked Turtles, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 30 Oct 2016

Making his move…

Long necked Turtles, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 30 Oct 2016

Almost got it…

Lotus Flower Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 30 Oct 2016

ohh pretty, Lotus Flower 

Long necked Turtles, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria, 30 Oct 2016

a big splash…and one remained, oblivious to all the action…

Spotted Pardalote

Joining in the bird chorus at the Wilson Botanic Park in Berwick, was a loud Spotted Pardalote. He was hard to find at first as we expected him to be high in a gum but the sound was coming from close by. We finally found the little bird on a branch in lower section of the tree. We were able to sit close and try and shoot the Pardalote through the foliage while he made his 3 tone territorial call.

Spotted Pardalote, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

Spotted Pardalote, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

Spotted Pardalote, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

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Spotted Pardalote, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

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Spotted Pardalote, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

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Spotted Pardalote, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

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Spotted Pardalote, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

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Black Bird Singing…

I don’t often take much notice of the Common Black Bird as its well so common. They are also quite furtive and fly off in alarm whenever I walk by. I walked past the one below while exploring the Wilson Botanic Park in Berwick yesterday. It was singing in a low bush and allowed me to approach while I tried to get a few shots.  Most times of the year the Black Bird will just fly off in alarm and are only seen flying across roads and in front yards but in Spring they often find a vantage point in their local area and sing their beautiful song claiming their territory.

Black Bird, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

Black Bird, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick

Black Bird, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

Listening for the return call of a nearby Black Bird..

Little Wattlebird of Wilson Botanic Park

Today, with a few of the Port Phillip Birders, I visited the Wilson Botanic Park in Berwick. We were searching for the reported Channel-billed Cuckoo but while we were unsuccessful we did find a number of other beautiful birds. Much of the bottlebrush was in full bloom and attracted many birds feeding on the nectar.

Little Wattlebird, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

Little Wattlebird, enjoying the nectar of the native Bottlebrush

Little Wattlebird, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

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Little Wattlebird, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, 30 Oct 2016

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