Part two was a walk to the Rifle Butts from the Cox's Bridge carpark. Two pairs of nesting Olive-backed Orioles held up two sections of the group for ten minutes of observation and use of the scope to really visualise the beauty of these birds. Down at the Rifle Butts and further along at the water trough near the Whistling Kite nests, we saw nesting Yellow-billed Spoonbills, nesting Striated Pardalotes working hard to feed their brood, a Leaden Flycatcher and heard and saw a Fan-tailed Cuckoo and a Shining Bronze-cuckoo. Thirty-two species in all with fifteen additional ones to Part One so 52 altogether.
We then adjourned to a BBQ at the Botanic Gardens and plenty of laughter and story telling and plans for next year both HBW and personal. It was a great day. A big thank you to Ross for the images below.
We decided to miss a January outing so there will be 11 outings next year. Have a healthy Christmas time.
|Australian Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus australis|
|Yellow-billed Spoonbills nesting Platalea flaviceps|
|Leaden Flycatcher, female Myiagra rubecula|