Box-Ironbark forests near Chiltern, NE Victoria

IMG_2299 (2)The Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park, in central north eastern Victoria, displays the remnants of the Box-Ironbark forests which dominated this area before the English saws and axes arrived.

Over 2000 years ago, an artist painted with red ochre this image of a thylacine (tasmanian tiger). It is extraordinary that it could still be visible – if only just.

IMG_2308 (2)IMG_2307 (2)The canopy is very high in the rejuvenated forests, the last bushfire was only a few years ago, and the birds were about but generally right up there.

I didn’t see the rare Regent Honey-eater, but did see a few White-naped ones

There were several Robin families, with the Scarlet Robin (the crimson chest is less complete than for the Flame Robin) and the Eastern Yellow Robin:

There were several Brown Tree-Creepers, confusing the issue by creeping across the forest floor, rather than up a tree. I have not seem them so closely before. This looks like a non-breeding male; unusually in this species, the female is more colourfully striking than the male.

I saw several parrots which I have not seen before, but they were all too quick for the camera.They looked like Turquoise Parrots.

Definitely my first sighting was of a Crested Shrike-Tit. It had clearly been to cockatoo school to learn how to attack bark

IMG_2303 (2)IMG_2299 (2)IMG_2298 (2)IMG_2295 (2)Other things of interest in the area include the memorial to Major Thomas Mitchell who, unlike many ignorant European explorers, didn’t actually “pass” here, but went past here; and the Chiltern Golf Course, which seems to  have, from accounts of a number of other observant travellers, a wise policy of ensuring no actual golfers ever harm the well manicured course.IMG_2226

Michael Monaghan

June 2019

One thought on “Box-Ironbark forests near Chiltern, NE Victoria

  1. Nice to see a “Crested Shrike Tit”. I don’t think I have ever seen one. Also nice to see the Brown Treecreepers. I was just lamenting to Stuart the other day that I rarely see treecreepers anymore. A whole lot of small birds have just appeared along the Beaumaris coastal foreshore trail after we had some descent rain. Lots of Eastern Spinebills, Thornbills, White-browed Scrubwrens, Pardalotes and Silvereyes. It will be interesting to see if they stay through to the spring and nest there.

    Cheers, Caroline

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