The bush was quiet this morning but there was still a reasonable amount of activity along Mia Mia Track. A party of Flame Robins, a foraging group of Superb Fairy-wrens and White-naped Honeyeaters passing overhead, was the sum of observations.
I then heard an unfamiliar call a short distance away to the west of the track. It turned out to be the begging call of a juvenile Black-chinned Honeyeater. The youngster was calling from the lower foliage of a Grey Box while the parents foraged for insects nearby.
Now this may seem unremarkable but my guess is that the juvenile had not long fledged and was most likely the product of an autumn breeding event. According to HANZAB there are few breeding records for this species, with only a single record in April – about when I think this youngster may have fledged. Autumn was unusually warm and largely dry, but we did get some good rain in the Mia Mia in late summer which sparked a flurry of breeding activity.
Reference: P.J. Higgins, J.M. Peter and W.K. Steele (Eds) 2001. The Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic birds, Volume 5: Tyrant-Flycatchers to Chats. Oxford University Press, Melbourne.