Our January bird walk at Distillery Creek Aireys Inlet was blessed with pleasant weather and a delightful number and range of bush birds, including a couple of rare sightings.

We spent nearly an hour in the top car park and nearby amphitheatre, as there was so much to hear and see. Of particular interest was a good view of a Satin Flycatcher nest, with the parents taking turns to sit on the eggs.

Satin Flycatcher
Satin Flycatcher and nest

Dusky Woodswallows and White-naped Honeyeaters were in abundance, but there were no sightings of the usual most common bird, the Red Wattlebird.

After morning tea we spent some time watching birds take turns in the small dam beside the lower car park. We then walked along the lower part of the nature trail. We enjoyed the sight of a pair of Gang Gang Cockatoos at the top of a tree enjoying the sun, and then just near the junction with the Currawong Falls track we heard two, and then finally saw, one male Restless Flycatcher. It took some careful looking and listening to be quite sure it wasn’t a pair of Satin Flycatchers.

Finally, when nearly back at the car park, we all had good views of a pair of the quite beautiful, and uncommon, Rufous Fantails chasing each other through the lower bushes. What a wonderful finish to the walk to see these delightful birds with their fiery rufous rumps and fanned tails, as they dived and twisted through the foliage.

Rufous Fantail
Rufous Fantail

We thought there was nothing better to see, however in the evening Margaret Lacey saw some Varied Sitellas there, and also a Brown Goshawk’s nest with two adults and a baby, very near to where we had seen the Restless Flycatcher.

Ellinor Campbell

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Bushy Yate

Bushy Yate

Bushy Yate, Eucalyptus lehmannii, is an evergreen densely rounded tree to 8m with spread of 3m. It is endemic to the south coast of Western Australia but has naturalised into the Surf Coast cliffs, coastal areas and bushland where it seeds prolifically. The orange flower pods form clusters like fingers extending from a hand and the horned seed capsules are fused at the base in clusters of five to eight.

More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.

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