Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Shepparton Victoria.

This post is for Wild Bird Wednesday
Shepparton is a long way from home for us. We had a Wedding to go to, so we took the opportunity to stay a few days before and after the Wedding with our son and his partner in Melbourne.
After being in shorts and shirts in Queensland, it was back to jeans and jumpers in Victoria. Most days were overcast and cold, but we did manage to have a good look around without being rained on.
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 Australian Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus australis)
We found this Reed-Warbler beside the lakes in Shepparton. 

 Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius)

 Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata)

 Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus)
The morning after the Wedding as we were leaving Shepparton, we stopped at a side road near where we were staying to see what birds were around, and was surprised to see this pair of Red-rumped Parrot feeding on the ground right in front of us. After walking down the road a little way we saw at least half a dozen Eastern Rosella feeding beside the road, and quite a few Red Wattlebird. We were actually looking  for the White-plumed Honeyeater we saw the day before.

White-plumed Honeyeater (Lichenostomus penicillatus

Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)
This pair of Silvereye were in the grounds of the Inn we were staying at, as well as Tree Sparrows and Superb Fairy-wren which I was not lucky enough to get photos of.

Superb Fairy-wren (Amblyornis newtonianus)
We did find a Superb Fairy-wren in a little park near the river, though it would not come any closer for a good photo.

I am inclined to call this plant a weed as it was everywhere, we think it is a type of Gazania, a garden plant.

Some of the beautiful trees around Shepparton.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

More From Amamoor Homestead B&B

This post is for Wild Bird Wednesday
The last of the surveys for Amamoor Homestead B&B, 59 species recorded, bringing the total species count to 82 overall.
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 Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)

 White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis)
Signs of an early Spring, with this White-browed Scrubwren gathering nesting material.

White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaeus)

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)
As I was sitting outside the cottage, movement in the distant trees caught my eye. After closer inspection with binoculars then telescope, we saw that we had a Koala on the property.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Amamoor Homestead B&B

This post is for Wild Bird Wednesday.
It was nice to be able to just sit and watch all the birds doing their own thing. Fan-tailed Cuckoo catching food on the lawn outside the cottage, Grey Fantail guarding the bird bath.
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 Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis)

Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa)

 Little Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha)
The Little Shrike-thrush showed itself for a short time, unlike the Fairy-Wren which was part of a family moving through one of the gardens.
 Red-backed Fairy-Wren (Malurus melanocephalus) (Female)

Cicadabird (Coracina tenuirostris) (Immature)
I had to keep following this immature Cicadabird along the fence line until it stayed in one place long enough for a photo.

More From Amamoor B&B Next Time.