Easter Parade

Easter Sunday at the Mia Mia waterhole delivered a rich array of delights.


Adult Crimson Rosella, Mia Mia Track, 5th April 2015.


Grey Shrike-thrush.


Yellow-tufted, Fuscous, White-plumed and White-naped Honeyeaters.


Eastern Yellow Robin.


Yellow-footed Antechinus.


Yellow-faced Honeyeaters.

Over the past few weeks the following species (27 birds and 1 mammal) have been recorded at this remarkable little waterhole: Yellow-tufted, White-eared, White-naped, Brown-headed, Fuscous, White-plumed, Yellow-faced & Black-chinned Honeyeaters, Red Wattlebird, Dusky Woodswallow, Rainbow Bee-eater, Grey Shrike-thrush, Crimson Rosella, Eastern Rosella, Crested Shrike-tit, Golden Whistler, Rufous Whistler, Scarlet Robin, Eastern Yellow Robin, Peaceful Dove, Common Bronzewing, Grey Fantail, Willie Wagtail, White-winged Chough, Brown Treecreeper, Striated Pardalote and Yellow-footed Antechinus. I wonder what I’ve missed!

8 responses to “Easter Parade

  1. Erica Higgins

    Fantastic! What a collection!

  2. Hi Geoff, this sounds very much like our bird baths at the moment (plus White-winged Choughs, Grey Currawongs, Brown Treecreepers, Magpies, Galahs, Superb Fairy Wrens that I can think of). And two nights ago, I was lucky to be able to observe an Owlet-Nightjar for the first time after it flew low over the road in front of my headlights.

    • Thanks Alison – your note reminded me that I’d left White-winged Chough and Brown Treecreeper off the list! Great sighting with the ONJ.
      Cheers, geoff

  3. I would love to know what time of day the antechinus came to drink at the water hole , and how close you were, and was the antechinus concerned about the birds being in and around the water hole? Great shots. John

    • Hi John – Yellow-footed Antechinus are unusual in that they very active during daylight hours. While watching birds at the waterhole I’ve seen up to four individuals frolicking nearby, sometimes within 5 metres of me. They come and drink on a regular basis and seem to follow familiar routes in search of insects, dropping into the waterhole along the way. They are wonderful critters. The birds certainly are wary of them but not overly so – I have seen a honeyeater at one end of the waterhole while the antechinus was drinking at the other end.
      Cheers, geoff

  4. Great photos. I particularly like the waterhole.

  5. Kate Sandiford

    No thornbills or pardalotes?
    In addition to those, I’ve been seeing Eastern Spinebills in our bird bath at Strangways – an immature bird on 1 March and adults over the last two weekends. Plus the first Silvereye since last August on 3 April.

    • Thanks Kate – good news about the spinebills – they don’t seem to have arrived in town as yet. Your note reminded me that I have seen Striated Pardalotes at the waterhole (now added to the list) and Spotted Pardalotes in the canopy above. No thornbills though!
      All the best, geoff

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