15 comments on “Winter Birding in the Southern Highlands, NSW

  1. Just a little bonjour from the couple from France mentioned above, that’s us! Nice blog that you have here, it is great for us as there are so many birds we haven’t identified yet. See you soon maybe, Elodie & Renaud, the rookie birdwatchers!

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    • Thanks so much for looking up my blog and your most welcome comment on my website, so lovely we met and that you enjoyed discovering our birds. Continue having a wonderful stay in our country.

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  2. I’m back from Australia and can now appreciate your photos and stories even more! I didn’t make it to Sydney unfortunately – I spent most of my time in the Melbourne area and then 2 weeks at the end around Brisbane. You live in a wonderful country and I very much enjoyed your bird species.

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    • So glad you got to see some of our birds in Aussieland, hope you got to see some lyrebirds in the Dandenongs while you were in Melbourne. Did you get to O’Reily’s Rainforest retreat near Brisbane? That’s one of our favourite places. Good to have you back, I was wondering how your trip went.

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      • I saw a lot of great birds and had some amazing experiences, but alas neither seeing a Lyrebird nor going to O’reillys was one of them! I ran out of time to put huge effort into finding a Lyrebird… I did try for them at Toolangi State Forest, but no luck there. I was able to at least see them at Healesville Sanctuary… even though they weren’t in the wild. In Brisbane I didn’t have time to fit in O’reillys so I went to Mount Glorious as a day trip instead. Had beautiful views of Wompoo Fruit Doves and Satin Bowerbirds so I was happy. I will no doubt be going back to Australia, so will have more chances to see the species I missed 🙂

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      • It’s great Laura that you got to see some of our interesting birds, and yes next time you may plan for more species. many birders from overseas that I meet usually have a list and have located the places where these birds are most likely to be seen. I often help birders find birds from my area, though we know where to find most as we have been all over our country. We still have many more to discover as we have so many species and our country is very large. I don’t remember visiting Mt Glorious but it looks a beautiful place. I have a couple of my blog followers I also follow from around Brisbane and they do have a wealth of wildlife and birds there. Healesville is good place to see what you don’t see in the wild. We can always tell you where to find Lyrebirds, as you will see from my current blog. Have a great week Laura!

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  3. That seems to have been a lovely birding trip! I enjoyed the many great pictures and videos – appreciating the difficulty in photographing the birds in the rainforest setting. The Lyrebird is fascinating to me as I do not see similar birds here, and so are the colorful parrots. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend.

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    • The lyrebirds are unique birds adding an exciting dimension to every birding trip in the coastal rainforest regions of our state, as you never know if you will see them, though you usually hear them first. We have learned to discern their call from other birds they mimic. Enjoy the weekend Tiny!

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  4. Another lovely post full of great photos Ashley. It would have been interesting watching the lyrebird at work in the nest, it’s always good to see birds going about their daily business as if you weren’t there. And how wonderful to see the endangered Bristlebird again!

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    • Thanks Sue, we were surprised to see the lyrebird building its nest up so high, but it showed us how diverse this bird is, in its uniqueness, from other birds. It is always good when my wife gets to see a bird I have seen and she hasn’t so that was a plus for us also.Have a great weekend, enjoy this lovely winter weather.

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  5. Beaut stand outs on the King Parrot. They certainly deserve their name.
    Like to see the Lyrebird video as they are a bird I won’t have locally. Lovely to have such a fine day out as the weather turns to a nippy cool.

    Thanks for sharing

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    • Thanks David, the Kings really stand out against the green and are easy to spot, though they are usually quiet birds, but sound a lot like the Crimson Rosella at times. You would probably have to go to Gipsland or Dandenongs to see Lyrebird, I guess. Funny thing though, a bird you never see, and then finally see it, seems to become more frequently seen after your first lifer view. This has been the case with many birds for me, the Whipbird and Lyrebird are my best examples to mind, Use to spend hours waiting out for a photo of a whipbird and then, one day I got a good one, and from then onward I see them often. The weather has been magnificent autumn weather, great for birding though the birds are at their lowest numbers at this time. The weather is set to become true winter for us this weekend. Enjoy your weekend!

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  6. Looks like you two had a wonderful outing! Such unique finds. I especially enjoyed your photos of the king parrots and eastern crimson rosella. Beautiful birds. Your scenery shots were lovely as well. Some day I will visit your beautiful country!

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    • Thanks 1nm,
      Thanks 1nm, The parrots & rosellas are always a beautiful favourite .
      They stand out against the green & brown backdrop.
      You would certainly delight in the vibrant colours of our
      Many and various parrot family members. Many visitors
      Are surprised how common the Rainbow Lorikeet is, yet it
      such a beautiful bird. Enjoy your week!

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