Although the week preceding our walk on June 9 had been wet and windy, the eight people who came along to the Anglesea River site were pleased to see that the wild weather had abated and the conditions were quite calm although from time to time some fine mist fell.
The vegetation looked so fresh after the rain, and the puddles on the ground encouraged bird life on the track as we walked along.
Margaret Lacey, a keen bird photographer, had joined the group with her new camera.
Despite having to put the camera away from time to time due to the falling misty rain and the dull conditions that were not conducive to photography, Marg nevertheless managed some great bird photographs to share with you.
An inquisitive Eastern Yellow Robin that followed us as we walked along.
A very handsome White-throated Treecreeper was admired as it climbed the tree trunk in search of food.
A regular inhabitant of the woodland vegetation – The Grey Shrike-thrush serenaded us from the tree tops.
And a cheerful little Scarlet Robin displayed his red, black and white plumage – such beauty on such a dull day.
There was also a variety of fungi to admire – some large, some quite small.
The track ended at the Anglesea River where we managed to see a Little Pied Cormorant, Swamphen, Spurwinged Plover and in the distance ‘Could that possibly be a White Goshawk? Who knows!
As we walked back through the Riparian Woodland area the weather was breaking, and the majority of the group made their way quickly back to the cars. Phil took his time and was rewarded with a viewing of an Emu Wren – perhaps next time we will all be lucky.
Below are all the birds identified on this walk:
- Crimson Rosella
- Laughing Kookaburra
- White-throated Treecreeper
- Superb Fairy-wren
- White-browed Scrubwren
- White-eared Honeyeater
- New Holland Honeyeater
- White-naped Honeyeater
- Golden Whistler
- Australian Magpie
- Pied Currawong
- Grey Fantail
- Eastern Yellow Robin
- Little Raven
- Shrike Thrush
- Scarlet Robin
- Spurwinged Plover
- Little Pied Comorant
- White Goshawk (possible)
- Southern Emu-wren