A five-minute stroll

It’s extraordinary what you encounter on a short five minute stroll around our block and the neighbouring estate.

Enjoy!

Eastern Spinebill on Grevillea #1

Southern Boobook, Wyndham Street Newstead, 12th June 2017

Male Common Bronzewing

Pied Currawong feeding on a privet

Red Wattlebird

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo plundering Gen and Geordie’s olives!

Eastern Spinebill on Grevillea #2

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

This Yellow-faced Honeyeater dallied momentarily in the garden at the weekend. They are a beautiful bird when observed at close quarters.

Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Wyndham Street Newstead, 11th June 2017

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While my gaze was averted …

Recently I was given a special gift, a copy of the Australian Bird Guide, a marvellous new handbook/field guide written by Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers and Rohan Clarke, and beautifully illustrated by Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack and Kim Franklin.

I’ve been dipping into the book most days and enjoyed the descriptive notes and illustrations of my local birds. It was only today when reading the entry on the White-eared Honeyeater, having seen a couple that afternoon on Demo Track, that I discovered the taxonomists have been busy! This species has, for as long as I can remember, gone by the scientific name Lichenostomus leucotis. It is now Nesoptilotis leucotis. The genus Lichenostomus has undergone a significant revision, having been split into a series of new genera – Nesoptilotis, Ptilotula, Gavicalis, Stomiopera, Caligavis and Bolemoreus, with two species (Yellow-tufted and Purple-gaped Honetyeater) remaining in the now greatly diminished Lichenostomus. It’s going to take me a while to come to terms with these new monikers.

The White-eared Honeyeater remains a striking bird nonetheless. A winter migrant to this part of the box-ironbark, it can be found year round not far south around Yandoit. Its distinctive and loud ‘chwok, chwok, chwok’ calls ring for quite some distance on a still day and clearly announce its presence.

White-eared Honeyeater, Demo Track, 11th June 2017

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Click here to read a review of the Australian Bird Guide at one of my favourite birding blogs, The Grip.

No laughing matter …

… for the mouse!

This sequence was captured yesterday morning in our front yard. A family group of four Laughing Kookaburras had been very vocal all morning … and for good reason.

Laughing Kookaburras are opportunistic predators and with the number of rodents around at present there are certainly plenty of opportunities!

Laughing Kookaburra with House Mouse, Wyndham Street Newstead, 11th June 2017

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Diamonds in the shine

I was delighted yesterday to come across a party of Diamond Firetails at the Rise and Shine. The birds, about 7-8 in total including immatures, were feeding just to the north of the nature walk shelter. Their gentle mewing calls gave them away immediately.

Diamond Firetail, Rise and Shine, 10th June 2017

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Raiding the pantry

The home garden is proving a boon for small birds at the moment.

A variety of native trees and shrubs are attracting a bevy of honeyeaters in particular – Eastern Spinebills, Yellow-faced, Brown-headed, White-naped, Fuscous and New Holland Honeyeaters are all enjoying the spoils.

Eastern Spinebill on Bushy Needlewood, Wyndham Street Newstead, 10th June 2017

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Fuscous Honeyeater on Pin-cushion Hakea

White-naped Honeyeater on Yellow Gum

Feeding on both nectar and insects

Crimson glory

After a recent post on immature Crimson Rosellas I thought the adults deserve some ‘air time’.

This pair was spotted enjoying the bird bath earlier in the week.

Crimson Rosella (adult), Wyndham Street Newstead, 5th June 2017

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