Category Archives: Rise and Shine

Brown Treecreepers on the move …

This observation is now a week old, but noteworthy nonetheless.

This Brown Treecreeper was observed collecting nest-lining material at the Rise and Shine. I’m not 100% sure what the material is but suspect it may well be fur from a dead rabbit. Treecreepers are nothing if not opportunistic.

Brown Treecreeper collecting nesting material, Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, 25th August 2020



Brown Treecreeper in profile

Mantid ootheca (egg-case)

Restless Flycatcher

A cameo at the ‘Shine’

On a visit to the Rise and Shine earlier today I observed a pair of Scarlet Robins perched above a roadside puddle. The female was begging for food, rapidly fluttering its wings as the male descended to bathe in the water below.

As I suspected there was a nest nearby – secreted in a clump of mistletoe about 5 metres above the ground. Locally, Scarlet Robins often choose a site like this and over the years I’ve found numerous nests similarly concealed. Rufous Whistlers often adopt the same strategy.

Female Scarlet Robins incubate the eggs alone, departing the nest for short periods to forage or to accept an offering from the male.

Male Scarlet Robin bathing, Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, 8th August 2020


The nest site in a Box Mistletoe

Female Scarlet Robin incubating


A close-up of the male

Tell-tale signs

The ground carpeted with Yellow Gum flowers – a sure sign that nectar-loving parrots are about.

This time it was Little Lorikeets, feasting on the eucalyptus blossoms at the Rise and Shine. The smallest and perhaps the scarcest of our local lorikeets (Purple-crowned Lorikeets would rival them) are delightful birds.

Yellow Gum flowers on the woodland carpet, Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, 24th July 2020

Little Lorikeet






More on Cassinia sifton

I enjoyed Patrick’s post from yesterday featuring Cassinia sifton, and his observations of some newly arrived Shining Bronze-cuckoos. I’ve known this local native species, formerly Cassinia arcuata, under various common names – Coffee-bush, Drooping Cassinia and Chinese Scrub. The great local website Wild plants of the Castlemaine district has some terrific information on the species.

During my visit to the Rise and Shine last weekend I came across a small flock of Silvereyes foraging in a copse of Cassinia sifton. 

Flame Robins and a pair of Hooded Robins were then observed nearby along with my first Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo of the season (heard but unseen).

Silvereye in Cassinia

Flame Robin (adult male)



Hooded Robin (adult female)


Golden times at the ‘Shine’

Golden Wattle has been flowering for a couple of weeks now … a clear sign that spring is just around the corner.

Golden Wattle, Rise and Shine, 17th July 2020

It provided the backdrop for a nice selection of birds at the Rise and Shine on Friday evening … a small flock of Swift Parrots zipped through, a lone Fan-tailed Cuckoo calling and a pair of Hooded Robins the complement for those featured below.

Brown Thornbill

Scarlet Robin


Varied Sittella acrobatics

Brown-headed Honeyeater

Things are starting to move …

There is a definite hint of spring in the air with a run of sunny days this week.

In the Rise and Shine the birds are responding. Eastern Yellow Robins are keeping close company and I’m sure the first nests of the season will be underway. Likewise, Peaceful Doves are showing early signs of courtship activity.

Peaceful Doves, Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, 15th July 2020


Eastern Yellow Robin


Also observed yesterday afternoon: Spotted and Striated Pardalote, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Black-chinned Honeyeater, White-naped Honeyeater, Fuscous Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Yellow-tufted Honeyeater, Little Eagle, Crimson Rosella, Eastern Rosella, Grey Shrike-thrush and Brown Treecreeper.

Just another sunny autumn afternoon in the ‘Shine’

Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, 9th May 2020

Australian Owlet-nightjar

Flame Robin


Autumn Greenhoods Pterostylis revoluta


On show at the ‘shine’

A nice collection from a visit to the Rise and Shine at the weekend.

Jacky Winter, Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, 18th April 2020


Male Rufous Whistler

Brown Treecreeper

Australian Owlet-nightjar

Autumn collection

A cavalcade of visitors to a lovely waterhole at the Rise and Shine last evening.

White-naped Honeyeaters were in good numbers, after being virtually absent for most of the summer. Flowering Grey Box is, I think, encouraging a slight uplift in bird populations.

Fuscous Honeyeater @ the Rise and Shine, 20th March 2020

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater

White-plumed Honeyeaters

Grey Shrike-thrush

Diamond Firetail

Crimson Rosella (immature)

Brown-headed Honeyeater

White-naped Honeyeater

A recovery of sorts

Bird numbers in the local woodlands appear to slowly recovering, although it’s what I’m not seeing that is more notable at present – Red-capped Robin and Hooded Robin are conspicuous by their absence.

A lone Jacky Winter at the Rise and Shine on Friday evening was a highlight. This species favours open woodland and farmland edges and is usually easy to find in a number of locations close to town. This is the first individual I’ve seen since Xmas.

Crimson Rosella, Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, 13th March 2020

Peaceful Dove pair

Jacky Winter