The pandemic has inspired many people to venture out and enjoy our wonderful environment, and for some this included birdwatching.
We were pleased to welcome some new birders to our June bird walk, on a pleasant sunny morning at Distillery Creek, Aireys Inlet.
Looking for birds up above
The flowering Ironbarks were attracting scores of active, and very raucous, honeyeaters contending for the spoils. We were particularly pleased to see Crescent Honeyeaters, with their smart lapel-like chest decorations.
Unfortunately, the high trees made it hard to identify all the species, so while the quantity of birds was quite extraordinary, we only identified 13 species.
The highlight for me was a small group of White-naped Honeyeaters tearing the bark away from one spot on a Stringybark Gum, and in doing so displaying the stringy nature of the bark which I had never seen revealed in this way before. Some of the group were also lucky to see a tree with a pattern of rectangles fitting the description by Margaret Lacey last month, about Yellow-tailed Cockatoos method of searching for larvae of the longicorn beetle.
We all enjoyed several sightings of the always captivating Yellow Robin.
Eastern Yellow Robin
We had hoped to see birds bathing in the special pond at the picnic ground, but it proved to be a quiet moment there, though maybe they were waiting for us to leave them in peace!
Next month we expect to go birding in an area near Anglesea.
Photos: Margaret Lacey