What a revelation to finally get out for a late afternoon ramble in the Mia Mia.
I spent some time last evening at one of the bush dams along South German Track and was well rewarded. At around 7pm the birds started to arrive at the shrinking puddle in the centre of the dam.
First a family of Magpie-larks, a Peaceful Dove and the usual suite of honeyeaters – Brown-headed, Yellow-tufted, Fuscous and a family of Black-chinned Honeyeaters all arriving within minutes of each other.
The highlight was a single Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, a rarity in the district but seen last year at the Rise and Shine. I wonder if it might be a youngster that has dispersed out of the mallee country to the north and west of Bendigo?
The birds kept coming – Rainbow Bee-eaters and Dusky Woodswallows overhead, Rufous Whistler, Diamond Firetail, Willie Wagtail, Eastern Rosellas and a pair of Little Lorikeets perched above my head and contemplating a drink.