We had a very pleasant walk in April, down to the Anglesea river near the pony club, and then back along Coalmine Road.
Vegetation was primarily Riparian Woodland. 26 birds were identified (see full list below).
The trees were alive with honeyeaters due to the Manna gums being in flower. Several Fan-tailed cuckoos were heard and one was finally seen.
The bird call app. on an iphone was very helpful in aiding our identification of a group of Striated Pardalotes who were only glimpsed as they flew quickly through the vegetation.
The highlight was the sight of a Crested Shrike-tit actively tearing away the bark of a tree looking for food. A pair of the Yellow- faced honeyeaters, which are not common in our district, posed nicely in a tree beside the river. Unfortunately I was so busy looking through my binoculars that I forgot to get out my camera for the ‘perfect photo’.
We were pleased to welcome a new member who came from Geelong, and another long- standing member who was attending her first bird walk.
Below are all the birds identified on this walk: