Bird Boxes in Bendigo

It was some months since we last did a ‘big birding day out’ so we were really looking forward to the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in early June. I had read intriguing bird reports from a small reservoir on the outskirts of Bendigo, so I was eager to try my luck. ‘Crusoe Reservoir’ and ‘Number 7 Reservoir’…

Also-rans – Part 1

I don’t write a blog post about every birding outing because I just can’t write quickly enough. It’s not that we bird every second day, but I just can’t seem to find enough time to download and edit photos while crafting a semi-interesting account of our adventures, many of which are uneventful and disappointing due to the…

End of year birding: Day 3 – You Yangs and Serendip Sanctuary

In the dying days of 2014, Imka and I planned three birding day-trips to try to push our year’s total to 175. Based on our online research and advice from other birders on the ‘Victorian Birders Facebook Group’, we decided on the following strategic outings, each of which is covered in an independent blog post: Day 1: Seymour…

End of year birding: Day 2 – Toolangi Black Forest

In the dying days of 2014, Imka and I planned three birding day-trips to try to push our year’s total to 175. Based on our online research and advice from other birders on the ‘Victorian Birders Facebook Group’, we decided on the following strategic outings, each of which will be covered in an independent blog post: Day…

End of year birding: Day 1 – Seymour

Happy new year! May all your birding dreams come true – whether it’s ticking a Night Parrot in Australia, an Imperial Woodpecker in the USA, or a Great Auk in Europe. In the dying days of 2014, Imka and I planned three birding day-trips to try to push our year’s total to 175. Based on our…

Brekkie With the Birds – Banyule Flats Reserve

Located just 19km from Melbourne’s CBD, Banyule Flats Reserve is undoubtedly one of the most amazing suburban birding locations in Victoria. Over the years, more than 150 species of birds have been recorded (including a Painted Snipe in 2001), along with the odd Koala, and Eastern Grey Kangaroo mobs. The Yarra River forms the southern boundary,…

Olive-backed Orioles in the Gresswell Forest

I’m not a ‘Facebook person’, honest! I never post updates on my wall, my profile photo has remained unchanged for years, and I have a handful of ‘friends’. I am, however, an active member of the ‘Victorian Birders Facebook Group’, and I highly recommend joining (if you are a Victorian resident). The 300+ members regularly…