Thursday, 3 December 2015

Heyfield Birdoes -- Heyfield Wetlands, Emus and Northpoint

Ten Heyfield Birdoes had a great time on their Christmas outing at Heyfield Wetlands [52 species] then, after a cuppa at Bulldog Junction, a short 4WD jaunt to Beaver Meadows off the Ben Cruachan Road, followed by lunch at Northpoint.

At Beaver Meadows we saw the birding highlight of the day. Six Emus in a paddock became intrigued by our presence and quietly, but warily, approached the vehicles whose occupants had quietly alighted and were working their bins and cameras overtime.

The person highlight of the day was Gouldiae visiting from the valley and the gastronomic highlight was a superb lunch at John and Marg's with everyone pitching in with drinks, salads and meat [for the BBQ].

Overall we saw 60 species of bird. Despite John and Marg not being able to schedule a visit from "their" Channel-billed Cuckoos and the "relatively" resident Pacific Koel [yes, that is its name at the moment and one is currently in Sale in a tree by Deidre's house -- lucky her], they farewelled us with a multitude of Musk Lorikeets in the Silky Oaks, a family of Australian Wood Ducks resting in the grass near the front gate and a male Common Bronzewing sitting on a nest at their front gate. With the gorgeous weather for the day, it doesn't get any better than that.

Musk Lorikeet in the Silky Oak

Mr and Mrs A W Duck with the six kids
Mr C Bronzewing on nesting duties

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