Providence Gully, between Sandon and Clydesdale, runs north for nearly 10 kilometres, rising near Yandoit and joining with Green Gully Creek near Newstead.
Now an ephemeral waterway, it would once have held water in a ‘chain of ponds’ most years. For some of its length, particularly in the northern section it boasts some beautiful old River Red-gums and Yellow Box that fringe the watercourse. It’s a nice spot for woodland birds.
White-browed Babbler, Providence Gully, 9th November 2018
The Rise and Shine is bustling with life this Spring.
A stroll late on Thursday this week produced a number of nice observations. White-winged Choughs have young just leaving the nest and Yellow-footed Antechinus are ubiquitous as usual.
White-winged Chough nest, Rise and Shine, 8th November 2018
Juvenile White-winged Chough
Other birds recorded: Striated Pardalote, Spotted Pardalote, White-browed Babbler, Scarlet Robin, Olive-backed Oriole, Peaceful Dove, Dusky Woodswallow, Fuscous Honeyeater, Yellow-tufted Honeyeater, White-naped Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Eastern Yellow Robin.
Nankeen Night-herons in flight over the Loddon River as dusk closes in … what a wonderful sight.
Nankeen Night-heron, Loddon River @ Newstead, 27th October 2018
It’s been interesting watching woodswallows over recent weeks. Small flocks of migrating birds, mainly White-browed with a few Masked Woodswallows started arriving in late September and have been observed in numerous local spots since then. So far there have been limited indication that they will breed. Last evening I watched a small mixed flock along Mia Mia Road – a number of pairs were sitting close together and mutual preening, usually a sign that nest-building may occur. I’d be interested in any local observations of nesting over coming weeks.
Male Masked Woodswallow, Mia Mia Road, 8th November 2018
Female White-browed Woodswallow
Male White-browed Woodswallow
White-browed Woodswallow pair
Masked Woodswallow pair
Pardalotes are busy feeding young at present in the Rise and Shine.
This Striated Pardalote appears to have gleaned a small larva from the nearby eucalypt foliage and is about to descend into the nesting tunnel. I didn’t capture any images of Spotted Pardalotes, but there are a number of active nests nearby.
Striated Pardalote, Rise and Shine, 6th November 2018
With some catching up to do, here is a set from about a week ago in the Rise and Shine.
Yellow-footed Antechinus are very active at present, while White-winged Choughs are well into nesting. A young Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike suggest early breeding for this species.
Immature Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Rise and Shine, 28th October 2018
White-winged Chough gathering nesting material
With so much action in the bush and along the river in recent weeks activity in the garden has been overlooked. Along with those pictured below we’ve been hearing Pallid Cuckoo, Olive-backed Oriole, Blue-faced Honeyeater and Mistletoebird.
Common Bronzewing, Wyndham Street Newstead, 29th October 2018
Cimson Rosella feasting on Capeweed