Bunyip State Park – June 2014

Twenty two keen birders met at the Buttongrass Nature Trail for a days birding in the Bunyip State Park.  It was a cool and sunny day and the winter solstice, hopefully the birds would be out.

We had an unusual start top the day when we found that the carpark was being used as a campground by some lost bikers who decided that this was a place for a camp-site.


Dam at Buttongrass - Erica Gage

Dam at Buttongrass – Erica Gage

The group split into two, each walking a different direction around the loop. Southern Emu-wrens were seen by those who were patient and beautiful Firetail by a lucky few.

Southern Emu-wren - Merrilyn Serong

Southern Emu-wren – Merrilyn Serong

Crescent Honeyeaters were vocal but elusive to photograph and there were active Eastern Yellow Robins. A few Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos flew over.

Hakea sericea - Anthea Fleming

Hakea sericea – Anthea Fleming

Once we all got back from the loop, we went to Mortimers Picnic Ground and had lunch. A Peregrine Falcon was seen flying over by some on the short drive to Mortimers. The flatter part of this picnic ground will be a camping area from July 1.

Eastern Yellow Robin - Ian Smissen

Eastern Yellow Robin – Ian Smissen

There were Superb Fairy-wrens busy at the grounds and even more Yellow Robins. After lunch most of us took a walk around the Nature Trail from the Picnic ground.

Eastern Yellow Robin - Mike Gage

Eastern Yellow Robin – Mike Gage

The botany also took people’s interest. The much taller trees made birds such as the White-naped Honeyeater impossible to photograph sitting high up in the eucalyptus.

Sundew - Erica Gage

Sundew – Erica Gage

The next event will be night time meeting on Tuesday July 15, 7.30PM.

The topic will be “Judging your own photos” led by Kevin Wilson. There will be time to discuss some photos by audience members so bring a USB with up to 2 shots if you wish.

It’s at Fitzroy High School, cnr Falconer and Michael Sts, Fitzroy North (entrance in Falconer St). Plenty of parking available in Falconer St.

Bring a plate for supper (tea and coffee provided).

Join us for a meal beforehand at the Terminus Hotel, 492 Queens Parade, North Fitzroy at 6.00PM (please RSVP to Peter by Friday July 11 so he can make a booking).

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