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.


26 comments:

mick said...

A great series of interesting birds - and I especially like the parrots.

HansHB said...

A great photo, - perfect post for WBW!

Carletta said...

I enjoyed these sightings with you.
I love the parrots. I'd love to one day see them in their natural habitat.
The plant looks like a kind of Gazania to me as well.
The trees are wonderful - a fairytale forest perhaps. :)
Lovely post!

Gary said...

Great series of birds!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Les fous du cap said...

Beautiful birds in Australia ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Dan Huber said...

Wonderful photos - fantastic birds

Stewart M said...

Great set of pictures - I really like the pair of silver eyes.

Stewart M - Melbourne

i stora drag said...

Nice series and interesting birds!
Greetings Pia in Sweden

Hanne Bente said...

Nice pictures you show.
Wish you a good day :)
Hanne Bente

TexWisGirl said...

you have such great exotic birds there to share. love 'em!

EG CameraGirl said...

Wow! The Red-rumped Parrot is so colourful!

eileeninmd said...

Oh wow, all of these birds are just beautiful. I can not pick a favorite because I love them all. The trees and scenery are pretty too, great shots.

NatureFootstep said...

what a great place. Interesting nature and so many nice birds. I envy you.

Pat said...

Great series of beautiful birds. I love the shot of the two Silvereyes on the branch.

bettyl said...

Gorgeous birds you show us today! I love the colors and tones of the feathers. Your silvereye is called a waxeye here in NZ. I love to watch them.

Anni said...

That red wattlebird is one amazing creature!!!

Sorry, I'm a bit late in visiting, but, have had a couple of days where the computer is not very cooperative!!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

The red rumped parrot and the fairy wren are my favorites of your sightings this week!!!

Larry said...

Awesome birds Neil! The Red Wattlebird and the Red-rumped Parrots are super!

NewMexiKen said...

Such colorful birds, and the tree images are striking!

Island Rambles Blog said...

thank you for visiting my blog while I was away, I really appreciate it, love the parrot and the rosella.

Connie Smiley said...

What a beautiful collection of bird photos! Those trees shots are wonderful, too.

Liz said...

So many lovely southern birds!
I captured some Eastern Rosellas on my visit to the Mornington Peninsula last year.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I can never get over these gorgeous bright colored birds that you guys over there just happen upon on an ordinary day. I would be ecstatic to see them.

A lovely post -- thanks.

Nigel Monckton said...

I love the pose of the red wattle bird. Very nicely captured.

Pete Shanley said...

Looks like you got all the locals covered. I'm glad the Victorian weather didn't disappoint!!??

Unknown said...

The weed you are calling a gazania looks like capeweed to me. Our lawn is full of it, and it is a real menace to get rid of.