Home ground advantage

I’ve just returned from a visit to New Zealand, where the bird song is very different to home. One of the calls I immediately recognised over there was that of the Riroriro or Grey Warbler, a member of the family Acanthizidae – the beautiful tinkling song competing with a myriad of others that I couldn’t recognise.

I felt more at home last evening listening to the songbirds in Rotunda Park, including a suite of acanthizids, Yellow and Striated Thornbills, chasing insects amongst the wattles, along with Grey Fantails and Superb Fairy-wrens. No Eastern Spinebills to be seen or heard as yet, but we can expect them any day now that the weather has shifted to true autumn.

Grey Fantail, Rotunda Park Newstead, 30th March 2017


Female Superb Fairy-wren

Striated Thornbill



2 responses to “Home ground advantage

  1. Hi Geoff

    We’ve had Spine bills here at north Castlemaine for about a week. Enthusiastically sampling the Correas.

    I heard that you and Chris Tzaros are running another of your bird photography workshops tomorrow. I’ve been trying to contact Chris via email – he offered to give a talk to Castlemaine Field Nats at some stage this year when he met Nigel Harland a while back. Is his email chris@birdsbushandbeyond.com.au?



    Rosemary and Peter Turner 4 Munro Court Castlemaine 3450 03 5470 6891 0439 369 709 presturner@ozemail.com.au


  2. I love your title “Home Ground Advantage”

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