The pleasant sunny weather forecast encouraged 25 eager birders to make their way to the Long Forest reserve near Baccus Marsh to try their luck in spotting some good bush Birds. Long Forest is noted as containing the only patch of Mallee south of the Divide.
With Mallee trees not being too tall, the theory was there should be lots of opportunities to provide some good bird photography.
Well, someone should have let the birds know. Getting photographs proved quite challenging. Still, the weather was as perfect a July day that you could have and a pleasant walk was taken in a loop down in the Happy Valley section down to Coimadai Creek and back.
Brown-headed, Yellow-tufted and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters were seen, if at a distance and a flock of White-winged Choughs were also seen and heard. Weebills made their “weebill” calls and moved around from tree to tree.
A Wallaby looking worse for wear and posed long enough for several photos to be taken.
Lunch was taken at Mackenzies Flat Picnic area on the Lerderderg River. a Flock of Red-browed Finches zipped around with Superb Fairy-wrens.
After lunch there was exploring up the Lerderderg River. Thankfully no-one fell off the stepping stones.
Copy of BirdLife Melbourne Outings Proforma LongForest 20160716