Bird watching Tours November

Bird watching Tours November

It was a hot summer day at the end of November and the Illawong Track was a shaded tunnel of coolness, and very welcome it was too. An Olive-backed Oriole and a Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike were attending their nests on the ridge round the cabins.

Further down the hill a Sacred Kingfisher was calling near the pond where Mark saw a Snake-necked Turtle laying eggs early in the month. Sadly, the next morning revealed the nest had been dug up and the eggs were gone.

Sadly, the next morning revealed the nest had been dug up and the eggs were gone. The work of a Lace Monitor I expect. The little Fairy-wrens were still absent, probably tending second or third nests down by the swamp edge. These little birds lose a great number of nests, often two or three, to predators like Lace Monitors, antechinuses, Pied Currawongs, even Olive-backed Orioles and Eastern Whipbirds.
Along the track, the birds were quietly going about the business of collecting and ferrying food to young in the nest, a job that doesn't need a lot of singing and calling. There are times when work is best conducted in silence, when it would be unwise to draw attention to the location of a nest, or the best food for that matter. 

In the wild world, survival dictates every creature fights for itself because every other creature is either a competitor or a predator. None of this nonsense about lambs and lions there! Unless, of course, a circumstance arises when it is to the advantage of both parties to call pax for a while, but it is back to the usual flight or fight mode the moment the status quo is resumed.

Bird watching Tours November [continued]

The Golden and Rufous Whistlers were very vocal in the little valley near the Sea-Eagle nest tree. I would have thought both species would be on the nest and keeping a low profile but no, they were yelling their heads off. As were the Noisy Friarbirds, whose total silence in October had been worthy of comment. On the old quarry ridge a couple of Dollarbirds were poking around a big eucalyptus, a bit late to be prospecting for nest holes but perhaps they were already nesting and were simply foraging. Anyway, this was my first record of the species at The Bower, though undoubtedly they have been there in previous years and I've just not stumbled upon them. Another new bird for the list was a Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo calling vigorously in the woodland, and probably scaring hell out of the thornbills, scrubwrens and fairy-wrens. A Koel was calling too, doubtless hoping to take advantage of any Red Wattlebirds still brooding first nests or laying eggs in second nests. It is hard to find sympathy for the cuckoos, but I suppose their place in the wild is now so well-established that we have to regard them as just another avian, albeit with the odd habit of laying its eggs in another species' nest.
No sign of the Sea-Eagle or the Brown Goshawk, though I was quite pleased to miss another encounter with the latter. In time, a Sea-Eagle pair will either adopt the nest or dismantle it to build in another suitable tree. By the way, I seemed to meet a Short-beaked Echidna waddling and snuffling its way through the bush at every corner. Such delightfully earnest creatures. 

end of Bird watching Tours November

This page was authored by Jill Whiter, who also penned  the Naturalist's Diary for the Eurobodalla [or mid South Coast] region which is a fascinating collection of observations of local wildlife over many years.

Compiled from a series of newspaper articles which recorded the  activities of native wildlife in the region monthly over a typical the year.

Click here for more details and to order a copy.

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