The wattles are out and so are the birds

The first burst of Golden Wattle Acacia pycnantha flowering has occurred during the past week, a sure sign that the season has shifted. Flowering will reach a ‘crescendo’ in August. Rough Wattle Acacia aspera has also commenced flowering, but more on that in a forthcoming post.

A visit to the South German Track area at the weekend produced a number of highlights, including fleeting, close-up views of a Chestnut-rumped Heathwren gathering food and a most unusual find – a peacock tail feather suspended in the foliage of a Golden Wattle. I can only speculate about how it got there.

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Golden Wattle in flower, South German Track, 24th July 2022

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Brown-headed Honeyeater

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Eastern Spinebill

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Chestnut-rumped Heathwren

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Peacock feather

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Silvereye

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Yellow-faced Honeyeater

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Yellow-tufted Honeyeater

One response to “The wattles are out and so are the birds

  1. Peacock feather eh? Interesting? I had a shock whilst approaching the entrance to the Melbourne freeway at Elphinstone several years ago. Out from the shrubs I spotted a pheasant! I parked erratically and went to investigate.He took one look at me and fled the scene.

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