Describe a bird sighting that stood out for you:
- Two amazing white-throated Treecreepers allowing us mad photographers to get up close and personal.
- White-throated Treecreeper. A close encounter enjoyed by quite a few people. The bird was very active with something in its bill which at the time we decided was spider web. However, my photos revealed that it was some sort of animal hair. I’m about to post it to the Photogallery.
- The yellow-tufted Honeyeaters feeding quietly and quite close in the eucalypts along the gorge path
- Brown-headed Honeyeaters – a first for me, but only identified from the book once I viewed the photos on the computer!
- White-naped Honeyeater
- The Peregrine circling over us
- White-browed Scrubwren. There were plenty of these about but getting a picture proved challenging
- Nice to hear Olive-backed Oriole, but would have been better to see and better still to photograph one.
- Black-faced cuckoo-shrike or the dark version of the white-bellied cuckoo-shrike – four shots from a long way away, all with intervening foliage preventing a clear view of the head, so I’m still not sure which. The bird list from the day suggested it was the black-faced one, but I’ll never know…
- Peregrine Falcon
- The Peregrine! Just too far away for a good shot.
A tangential thought that occurred to you during the day:
- No tangents. All focus.
- Down in the gorge you’d never know it was blowing a gale up on the ridge.
- Not sure what this question means….??
- Where do all the birds go in gale-force winds? Bird-hides?
- With all the loose rock on the hillsides, it’s a wonder the whole lot hasn’t come down and blocked the gorge
Your best photo of the day:
- White-throated Treecreeper
- No good bird photos, some not bad flower pictures, though.
- The yellow-tufted Honeyeater
- White-throated treecreepers building a nest in a burned-out tree trunk, totally oblivious to the ring of photographers less than 3 meters away.
- White-throated Treecreeper
- Yellow Robin, as always a gorgeous performer
A highlight of the day for you?
- watching a rufous whistler building a nest
- A walk from the Stieglitz Camp area was very productive with many species of orchid seen. Lots of other wildflowers too. There were a few flower spikes on the grass trees which attracted the White-eared Honeyeater as well as lots of native bees and butterflies.
- Climbing out of the car and finding 20-odd species within 50m, birdsong resounding in the fresh morning. That’s really being alive!
Any suggestions for improvements next time?
- Considering the weather – strong winds – I think we could have considered having lunch at Anakie gorge. Especially as it was probably to be expected that the planned lunch spot was more exposed…. Just a thought…:-)
- Do something about the wind! I thought Wonthaggi heathland was windy, but this ramped it up a bit.
- Less wind should be in order
- I feel it’s important to point out that the complaints about wind refer to the weather – Ed.
Any other comment you would like to make.
- Thank you 🙂
- We are a hardy bunch sitting in the wind having a picnic lunch with hats and esky lids blowing away.
- Blown away by the company, as well as the weather.
- A good day.