A resurrection of sorts

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?

Brown-headed Honeyeater, South German Track, 4th February 2019

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater

Yellow-plumed Honeyeater

II

III

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.

6 responses to “A resurrection of sorts

  1. Lovely to see such a variety of birds! I’ve never seen the Yellow Plumed honeyeater before so will keep my eye for one. Thanks.

  2. Oh the yellow and the softeness of the feathers was truly beautiful tonight

  3. Beautiful. #III is a ripper.

  4. On the *VERY* hot day (Fri 25/01) I counted 29 species of birds at the bird baths …including one Yellow Plumed Honeyeater! We also had a bird-first that day – A Noisy Friarbird…

    • Dear Alison – that’s really interesting – thanks for the note. Is this your first record of Yellow-plumed Honeyeater? Haven’t seen a Noisy Friarbird locally for a few years – I think it was 2013 in the Mia Mia. All the best, Geoff

  5. Geoff, I have a sneaking feeling that I *may* have seen a Yellow-plumed Honeyeater once or twice before but somehow engaged in delusionary thinking which made me pass it off as just another fuscous! Alison

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