Werribee Wagtails: Bird Count at Mt Rothwell

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Werribee Wagtails have been in much of a hiatus due to that ‘c’ word.

One of the activities of that we have always enjoyed are the quarterly bird counts at several local sites.

It is good to be able to see the effects of changing seasons at each of the locations.  And of course to see the variation in the bird activity through the year.

We started 2021 with a day out at Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre

The weather was kind, coolish and a tad of sunshine to keep things pleasant.
Good bird action in some areas, and of course a few areas that were a bit barren for birds.
All in all a good start for Wagtails for 2021

Scarlet Robin female Photo Courtesy of EE
Red-browed Finch Juvenile Photo Courtesy EE
Varied Sittella Photo Courtesy EE
Rainbow Bee-eater
Rufous Whistler female. Carrying a snack. Try as we might we didn’t discover the secret
Whistling Kite, coming by to see the fuss
Whistling Kite, enjoying the view in the sunshine
Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby. Showing off its its best asset
Dusky Woodswallow

16 thoughts on “Werribee Wagtails: Bird Count at Mt Rothwell

  1. Looks like a great place to be at the bird count, especially at Werribee, the desired destination of many birders 🙂 Some lovely shots by EE especially loved the little Scarlet. We have not seen any Bee-eaters yet this year, though we may up north when we go to visit family and friends for the weekend. It is good to see blue skies and perfect Spring days in the middle of Summer again the last few days with cool southerlies. The weather has been much kinder this year so far.

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    1. Hello Ashley, thanks for the thoughts. Mt Rothwell is not part of the Werribee Treatment Plant, but rather a small dry country outcrop, surrounded by farmlands.
      The area is fox proof enclosed and over the years the rabbit population has been controlled, with elimination the long term goal.
      The Bee-eaters arrive in the October time frame, leaving again in Feb/Mar. I am not sure that they nest on the site, but use it as a stop over point for topping up on their journies.

      The area is vulnerable as it is in a rainshadow from the nearby You Yangs range. (It is in fact part of the same outcrop)
      Over the years the birdcount has provide us with good views of a range of birds

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  2. Fabulous photos David – i particularly love the kite photo with outstretched wings – magnificent colour and action. And also the dusky woodswallow we saw at the end of the walk!

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    1. G,day Adam,
      They are not for want of a better term, indigenous to the area, but are part of a breeding programme designed to protect the species. I think about 20 different animals were orginally introduced, with a range of genetic diversities.
      After about 3 years they have multiplied out to about 60 animals. The complexity is of course to keep the gene pool fresh.
      They have the run of a substantial ferel-free area and as its an outcrop of the You Yangs, their habitat is a little Wallaby Hilton among the rock outcrops.


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