Out and about at Woodlands

We tracked down to the Back Paddock area today to see what the state of play with the Robins was looking like.

We managed to find a couple of small hunting parties and a few isolated birds, but not a much else.

Ran across my friend Neil, and his bother, and had a good chat about things photographic and bird, so that made a good day of it all.

Several Grey Shrike Thrush came by and were hunting in their usual efficient manner, as well as Brown-headed Honeyeaters and a few Sitellas.  Probably the bird for the day was a Fantail Cuckoo, who with its friend sat in the sunshine and seemed to enjoy being the ‘model’ of the day.

We also took a walk about the Woodlands Homestead, and spotted a Brown Falcon at work out toward the airport, but not much else.  Am planning to cut along Moonee Ponds Creek down to the Billabongs, and see if there is any Flame Robin activity down there, but will need a clear day to do all that.

2 thoughts on “Out and about at Woodlands

  1. G,day,
    Tis true, but one good day is ok every now and then. I actually prefer the overcast days for the little birds, makes controlling contrast a little easier. I know others prefer to hit them with sunshine or pop in some fill-flash, but the subtly of softlight seems to me to be more than adequate for the robins.
    Downside of course is lower shutter speeds. And I cannot bring myself to spend bigbucks on a new camera for higher ISO settings. Mostly I work from a tripod, and am prepared to sit it out until the birds work for me. (Nice dream, just occasionally works)
    One thing about Woodlands is they will form a flock for winter with a number of other species, so find one, you’ve found ’em all.

    Still a nice warm day in the scrub would be acceptable!


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