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Owling at Bunyip State Forest, Victoria

I had another go at trying to find owls and nightjars at Bunyip last night with my birding mate John. This was our second attempt. We arrived at around 6pm in late afternoon sun and went to a few regular spots to see what was about. There has been some good sightings lately from the area. Our best pickup was a family or small flock of Blue Winged Parrots. We managed to walk up quite close to one feeding on grass seeds on the Button Grass track and got a few average photos. After it eventually flew off a group of three almost landed on us – we had the sun low behind us and they may not have known quite what we were…

Blue Winged Parrot, Bunyip State Forest, Victoria - 27 Dec, 2014

Blue Winged Parrot, Bunyip State Forest, Victoria – 27 Dec, 2014

At the Helipad we waited for nightfall and met up with a group of birders including Tim B. who helped us ID the White Throated Nightjar. The nightjar made two laps over our heads and was gone…not to be seen again. We were happy to have seen it and glad that Tim was there to help ID it – another lifer! No pictures unfortunately. John took a few pics of the moon while we waited for more birds to turn up. We had a walk along the track behind the helipad and heard a heap of Boobooks calling but nothing else.

John Van Doorn -  Moon at the Helipad,  Bunyip State Forest,  27 Dec 2014

John Van Doorn – Moon at the Helipad, Bunyip State Forest, 27 Dec 2014

After calling it quits at 11 pm we drove back via Gembrook and a Boobook almost flew into the windscreen. We stopped and drove back and found the Owl on a tree branch on the side of the road and got a few pics.

John Van Doorn - Bookbook, Gembrooke, Victoria, 27 Dec 2014

John Van Doorn – Southern Boobook, Gembrook, Victoria, 27 Dec 2014

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Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Victoria

A favourite spot when I head down the Peninsula – Greens Bush is a good location very close to Rosebud for early morning walks into a wide variety of vegetation types from creeks, rainforest gullies to drier ridge lines. A good list of birds move through the park at various times of the year.

Eastern Yellow Robin, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula NP,  Victoria - 26 Oct, 2014

Eastern Yellow Robin, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula NP, Victoria – 26 Oct, 2014

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Wirrawilla Rainforest

Rose Robin, Wirrawilla Rainforest, Toolangi Black Range State Forest, Victoria               – 23 Dec, 2014

Wirrawilla Rainforest is a beautiful park within the Toolangi Black Range State Forest. We went there to look for a few specific birds including the Pink Robin, a  bird which has eluded me all year. No Exception today – no sign of it but we thought we did hear it once or twice. What did come and check us out was a small and very colourful Rose Robin. It was curious and did hang around for a few minutes but was very quick as it darted around the branches and hard to photograph.

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Mangalore Flora and Fauna Reserve, Victoria

White Browed Woodswallow Mangalore Dec 2014

White-Browed Woodswallow, Mangalore, Victoria – 22 Dec, 2014

Had a good day out yesterday birding with John VD about 90 mins north of Melbourne (Seymour and Mangalore with a detour on the way home at Toolangi). This photo of a White Browed Woodswallow was taken near the entrance to the Mangalore reserve. There were quite a few woodswallows around. A beautiful bird with a chestnut body and big white eyebrows

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Mallacoota Birding

Mallacoota is a great place for birders…maybe not so great for non-birding wives…there are many good places to explore and look for birds that are not very common in Victoria. The town is close to the NSW border and has a different climate to the rest of Victoria (warmer and more humid). It is a quiet town most of the year but becomes very crowded over the summer period due to being in the middle of a wilderness area and on the coast.

Southern Emu Wren along Shipwreck Creek to Seal Creek trail

Southern Emu Wren along Shipwreck Creek to Seal Creek trail  – 15 Dec, 2014

Silver Gull Bastian Pt Mallacoota Dec 2014

Silver Gull Bastian Pt Mallacoota –  13 Dec, 2014

Juvenile Easter Yellow Robin, Shady Gully Reserve, Mallacoota  - 14 Dec, 2014

Juvenile Eastern Yellow Robin, Shady Gully Reserve, Mallacoota – 14 Dec, 2014

Superb Fairy Wren, Gypsy Point, Victoria -  14 Dec, 2014

Superb Fairy Wren, Gypsy Point, Victoria – 14 Dec, 2014

Black Faced Monarch, Double Creek Nature Trail, Mallacoota, Victoria -  15 Dec, 2014

Black Faced Monarch, Double Creek Nature Trail, Mallacoota, Victoria – 15 Dec, 2014

White Headed Pigeon, Karbeethong, 16 Dec, 2014

White Headed Pigeon, Karbeethong, 16 Dec, 2014

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Braeside Park

Frogmouth family Braeside Park Dec 2014

Frogmouth family Braeside Park Dec 2014

As I need to keep practicing with my camera setup I drove down to an old haunt for a few hours to see what was around….best pics of the day were of a Tawny Frogmouth family that a birding mentor (Steve “the bird man” MacDonald) pointed out to me as we met up on the Red Gum trail. The two smaller birds on the right are still quite young and the parents are still watching over them. The other parent was on a branch just to the left. The young birds watched what I was up to as I moved around trying to get a clear shot.