11 comments on “Autumn Birds in the Royal National Park

  1. A wonderful gallery of birds, Ashley! No wonder this is one of your favorite birding walks. I find the Superb Lyrebird fascinating and understand why witnessing the male’s dance is exciting 🙂 I would love to see it too. Have a beautiful week!

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    • Thanks Tiny, Yes we always get a bit excited when we see a lyrebird on the trail, if its a male they tend to shoot off into the bush, the females tend to be less human scared. On this occasion he was quiet not loudly making all his mimicry calls, as they normally do. I have had the delight of seeing the male dance several times, it is a rare treat for birders. Have a wonderful week my friend!

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    • Thanks so much Malt for spotting the Yellow throated for me, I knew there was something different about it, but did not think it would be a yellow-throated as I never see them down this far south, but yes it is. I always appreciate it when other birders who follow my blog correct my identifications. I should have looked it up, as I did realize it was different, but it did not occur it would be something as special as a yellow-throated, the last one I saw was up in Lamington Mt NP 2 years ago. Thanks for dropping in Malt, I checked your blog out, and have started following it, it looks great! Enjoy your week.

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      • No probs Ashley, I am often given advice or corrected on my posts, especially juvenile shorebirds and other little brown/grey birds. Thanks for stopping by and following. Another very good Vic based blog for central Vic is Natural Newstead by Geof Park. I have also attended his excellent photography workshops.

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  2. Wonderful post of so many unusual and beautiful birds. How exciting you got to see a lyrebird! I’ve seen shows on them and they are so cool. They are like a very fancy version of our northern mockingbird 😊 and you got a nice variety of honeyeaters!

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    • Thanks 1nm, Yes your mockingbird is similar in its mimicry. We have several birds that do similar, such as the Bowerbird, but the lyrebird is the best of all, especially when you hear it imitate a chainsaw or pneumatic drill. We have so many honeyeaters, which make up the largest group of birds next to the parrot family.

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  3. Nice lot of photos Ashley, and I love the bush fuchsia flowers, very pretty and delicate. And I’m hoping to get my hands on a copy of the latest bird guide book sometime soon!

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    • Thanks Sue, these are fairly common for this time of year in the Royal. The Scarlet Honeyeater is always a favourite find .I love photographing the Bush Fuchsia in the sunlight, such a pretty string of flowers. I have been using the new field guide in conjunction with Michael Morcombe’s and it is a bit more comprehensive,and up to date, but not as quick to find birds as Michael’s. Hope you had a great Mothers Day!.

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