Last Monday, two Heyfield birdoes, Jos and I, accompanied Birdlife East Gippsland to the property at Peach Flat owned by Rod McMillan and Michele Adler. They have put a huge amount of time and effort into reclaiming the place for nature. The frog calls were LOUD. It is a marvellous spot with George Creek running through it and a former marsh/swamp/moist area between the creek and the road having been turned into a lake. Regeneration is entirely natural. The group spent the time prior to morning tea walking the area and hills around the lake and then went on a bush walk over the dry hill behind George Creek to an open area which led via a series of DSE tracks to another wet area then back for lunch. The weather was mostly sunny with a bit of breeze. Sixty-two species were recorded! There were no super highlights, all were "expected" species but the Wedge-tailed Eagles, the Pallid Cuckoo being "seen to" by a Willie Wagtail and the Latham's Snipe were pretty nice. Following are the images I took with the exception of the cuckoo v willie photo by John Hutchison.
|Image courtesy of John Hutchison.|
Willie Wagtail attempting to see off a Pallid Cuckoo
|Pallid Cuckoo Cacomantis pallidus. Same one as above|
|Pizzey & Knight notes ... "flies down to seize hairy caterpillars in grass".|
An earthworm would be a poor substitute??
|Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata|
|Pied Currawong Strepera graculina|