|Scarlet Honeyeater at Fairy Dell near Bruthen|
Joy and I were joined by Mel for this year's Australia Day Weekend excursion to Orbost and the Croajingolong National Park in east Gippsland. Mel wanted to find her 500th Australian species and Joy and I wanted to help her and at the same time have some good birding in what I think is one of the most beautiful places in Australia.
The weather was perfect with no wind and lightly overcast skies. We even got some gorgeous sunsets and some passing thunder storms – gotta love a good thunder and lightning show! Even when we did get heavy rain it was Camelot-like and happened during the night.
|Sooty Owl. Yes, it is a bad photo but I don't like using bright spotlights especially as they are a threatened species|
|Masked Owl. Another bad photo for the same reasons as above, but hey, how often do you get to see a Sooty or Masked owl?|
And it wasn't only birds that kept us interested. Moths, butterflies, flowers, spiders, snakes and lizards were all out enjoying the weather and by the time we were heading home I had 100 bird species on my trip list. Best birds were Masked Owl, Sooty Owl and Eastern Ground Parrot.
|Red-bellied Blacksnake. The venom can be deadly but they are not aggressive unless you annoy them or stand on them.|
|Mel called a quiet warning to me and I looked down to see I was about one metre from the snake and that was closer than I wanted to be so I just stood and waited for it leave. It was very beautiful. Thanks for the photo Joy.|
|A beautiful moth on a Banksia leaf|
|Sword Grass Brown Butterfly, on Sword Grass|
|Jewel or Spiny Spider mending her web|
|Wood Duck, also known as Maned Duck|
|The coastal lakes at Marlo|
|And just a rather nice sunset over the Marlo (Orbost) aerodrome|
Text & images © Jenny Spry