Sunday, April 24, 2011

Brookfield Conservation Park, Easter 2011

A quick 3 hour trip up to Brookfield Conservation Park with my good mate Michael Warnes to see what's flying around the Mallee at the moment!
First we stopped just into the park at one of my favoured spots where we found the usual suspects in this area of Mallee: Spiny-cheeked and Singing Honeyeaters, Hooded and Red-capped Robins, Mallee Ringnecks and Mulga Parrots etc. Plus a few less often seen species such as Pallid Cuckoo and four Crested Bellbirds (including at least one juvenile).

Pallid Cuckoo

Australian (Mallee) Ringneck
  There seemed to be many Australian (Mallee) Ringnecks around on this trip as we saw many birds all over the park! Another species we saw a lot of on this trip were Mistletoebirds, not that i managed any decent photos of them this time.
We then headed around the Mallee track stopping at a few different spots to see what was around, we found both Variegated and Splendid Fairy wrens, Southern Scrub-Robin, Gilbert's Whistlers, Yellow-plumed, Brown-headed and a possible White-eared Honeyeater, Chestnut-crowned and White-browed Babblers plus lots of other species.
As we looped around back to the outskirts of the homestead we flushed a pair of Blue-bonnets which is a new species for me in this park so that was pretty cool!

Gilbert's Whistler (Male)

Southern Scrub-robin

Southern Scrub-robin
All up a very enjoyable trip through one of my favourite parks! and all this only 40 minutes from my front door! 

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