I’m getting tired of starting each post with,”Its been quite awhile since I uploaded a new page.” And even if I wasted half a page explaining the ins and outs of the delays, let’s face it, like apathy, no one cares. 🙂
The problem for me with a blog like this is if I don’t get the time on the day, then several go by, and a new project has emerged and the blog is left in the dust.
So, just as well I decided to send postcards!
EE and I took advantage of the early morning sunshine and headed to the You Yangs. Couple of things stood out for us. We’d been discussing the fact that neither of us had made any reasonable shots of Scarlet Robins for quite a long while. Not just because we were spending time in the wrong areas, but well, the birds had been around either.
So you might well imagine, (if you will), our delight, surprise and excitement when we pulled into the carparking area and had to shoo a pair of Scarlets out of the way so we could park the vehicle. Gotta think a day when the birds meet you in the carpark is going to be a good day.
Not only did we find the Scarlets, but also a female Red-capped Robin. She seems to travel with a male Scarlet and it didn’t take long for him to turn up as well.
After a few drops of rains the other day, some of the rock pools were still holding water and the birds were making the most of it for early morning bathing.
And to add to the excitement, a ‘whoosh’ directly overhead as a Wedge-tailed Eagle at full tilt flew just over the treetops and out to a thermal and began to circle not that far from us. How good!
Crimson Rosella enjoying a clean up after a bath
Scarlet Robin drying off after a bath
Of all the birds I work with I often think the White-plumed Honeyeaters enjoy the water the most. Usually its a splash and dash, but this bird seemed to soak it all up
Looks like he’s bathing, but he actually catching tiny insects from the pool
Eastern Spinebill working like a humming-bird
She is rapidly becoming my favourite Red-capped Robin to work with. Her tolerance for the human condition is boundless. I must work a name for her, as its going to be a great relationship (for me) in the coming months.
The Red-capped female travels with this Scarlet. I’ve no idea of the relationship, but they spend a lot of time talking together and hunt in the same area.
Not to be outdone a female Scarlet Robin came by for a looksee as well.
Always a pleasure. This bird flew directly over us and then circled in a updaft.