Spring Hill, just west of Mia Mia Track is always a profitable spot for birds. Over the past week I’ve seen (or heard) Crested Bellbird, Speckled Warbler and Spotted Quail-thrush – all ‘hard to get’ species in the box ironbark. The species pictured below are more commonly encountered, but a nice set nonetheless.
This pair of shots shows some of the distinctive features of the ‘Scissor-grinder’ – the lovely satin sheen and crest, and broad bill that is perfectly adapted to the task of snapping insects.
White-eared Honeyeaters are autumn migrants – this one captured a moth in flight as I watched on, then began searching for insects under the bark of a Grey Box. Like many of the honeyeaters their diet is a mix of nectar and insects.