Last month, blessed by still, sunny weather, we had a magical morning at Prue Acton’s lovely property.

Our bird count was low, 27 species, but we were surrounded by glorious bird song.

trackWalking through the property

Cuckoos, whistlers and bristlebirds were all identified only by their distinctive ringing calls. Many small bush birds flittered around but were hard to see, and difficult to identify by call.

We had morning tea by a delightful dam where some of the ‘invisible’ birds, such as White-eared Honeyeater, braved our presence to have a drink, and kookaburras called in the distance.

white eared honeyeaterWhite-eared Honeyeater

kookaburrasNo need to tell you the birds above!

A highlight for me was a dry creek bed inhabited by stunning twisted and gnarled ironbarks (I can't help but look at plants also)!

Later we crossed over to the public cliff top pathway, to a lookout toward Point Addis.

stile

The stile to be negotiated on the way to the clifftop pathway

 

people lookoutOn the lookout

lookoutThe view towards Point Addis

We were very pleased to see some soaring Shy Albatross, and one Caspian Tern, only identified by the help of the zoom lens of Margaret’s camera. I thought it looked too large to be a tern, as I could not see its beautiful, robust red beak. However, it is in fact the largest of the terns with a 1.1 to 1.4 m wingspan.

shy albatrossShy Albatross

We do appreciate being able to go birding on beautiful private properties like this, so thank you, Prue! (And we would welcome offers from other people.)

Below is a list of the identified birds:

  1. Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
  2. Fan-tailed Cuckoo
  3. Silver Gull
  4. Caspian Tern
  5. Shy Albatross
  6. Black-shouldered Kite
  7. Laughing Kookaburra
  8. Crimson Rosella
  9. Superb Fairywren
  10. Red Wattlebird
  11. New Holland Honeyeater
  12. White-eared Honeyeater
  13. Brown-headed Honeyeater
  14. Rufous Bristlebird
  15. Spotted Pardalote
  16. White-browed Scrubwren
  17. Brown Thornbill
  18. Australian Magpie
  19. Pied Currawong
  20. Gray Currawong
  21. Gray Shrikethrush
  22. Rufous Whistler
  23. Gray Fantail
  24. Little Raven
  25. Eastern Yellow Robin
  26. Welcome Swallow

  27. Silver-eye

Ellinor Campbell

 

 

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Freesia

Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.

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