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The area near Blazing Saddles was alive with birds and bird calls on this still, overcast autumn morning.


There was an abundance of various types of Honeyeaters, with the White-naped being probably the most numerous, but there were also a few of everyone’s favourite, the beautiful Eastern Spinebill.

White-eared Honeyeater

White-eared Honeyeater

A number of Pacific Black Ducks seemed to enjoy the horses’ company and the river, and I have rarely seen so many (13) Grey-shrike Thrushes in one place.

Inquisitive young Grey Shrike-thrush

Inquisitive young Grey Shrike-thrush

On the other side of the river near the end of the pony walk we were delighted to see the bright yellow of two Crested Shrike-tits and one Golden Whistler.

Golden Whistler

Golden Whistler

We noticed a number of kangaroos on both sides of the river sleepily eyeing us as we passed by. We were hopeful of seeing Flame Robins, which had been a highlight of earlier walks here, but only glimpsed a female or young one, not sporting the bright flame chest of the adult male.

Lots to see

Lots to see

We were also interested to see a White Goshawk nest and several Red-browed Finch nests, plus many finches.

We promised ourselves a visit there in the Spring when we hope they will be occupied. Morning tea at Distillery Creek was most pleasant, followed by the Nature walk for the few intrepid souls remaining.

Morning tea

We were rewarded by spying three new species, including a Mistletoe bird and Buff-rumped Thornbill. All in all, a most delightful day with 41 species identified.

Below are all the birds identified on this day:

1.  Pacific Black Duck

2.  Little Pied Cormorant

3. Eastern Great Egret

4. White-faced Heron

5. Purple Swamphen

6. Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo

7. Galah

8. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

9.  Crimson Rosella

10. Laughing Kookaburra

11. White-throated Treecreeper

12. Superb Fairy-wren

13. White-browed Scrubwren

14. Yellow-rumped Thornbill

15. Buff-rumped Thornbill

16. Brown Thornbill

17. Spotted Pardalote

18. Eastern spinebill

19.Yellow-faced Honeyeater

20. White-eared Honeyeater

21. White-plumed Honeyeater

22. Red Wattlebird

23. New Holland Honeyeater

24. Brown-headed Honeyeater

25. White-naped Honeyeater

26. Crested Shrike-tit

27. Golden Whistler

28. Grey Shrike-thrush

29. Australasian Magpie

30. Pied Currawong

31. Grey Fantail

32 Willy Wagtail

33. Little Raven

34. Magpie Lark

35. Flame Robin

36. Easter Yellow Robin

37. Silvereye

38. Welcome Swallow

39. Common Starling

40. Mistletoebird

41. Red-browed Finch

Ellinor Campbell (bird photos by Margaret Lacey)