Warm May Days Serve Up Some Hot Bird Spotting!

As the autumn season comes to a close, the morning sun starts to creep over the sand dunes later and later – which means we can sleep in longer, before heading out on our early morning bird walks.

While crawling out of a warm bed becomes increasingly difficult, for any Birder intrepid enough, this month has proved that now is the perfect time for spotting our amazing avian residents.

The sweetly scented blossoms of the resort’s Swamp Mahoganies have drawn in an array of magnificent bird life. Rainbow Lorikeets, Noisy Friarbirds, Spangled Drongos, White-Throated and Lewin’s Honeyeaters were all seen feasting noisily on the abundant nectar these plants produce.

The various flowering Paperbarks around the Wallum were also teaming with our smaller feathered residents as Scarlet, Dusky and White-Cheeked Honeyeaters busily flitted from flower to flower.

This month also marked by several rare and unusual sightings, much to the delight of guests and rangers alike. Chestnut Breasted Manikins (pictured above) were sighted down by Dundonga Creek, the first Buff-banded Rail sighting in years occurred on the bank of one of the resort’s lakes and flocks of rarely seen Topknot Pigeons have been spotted on several mornings soaring over the resort grounds.

Both male and female Australasian Figbirds were also sighted in the Wallum. These quiet and unassuming birds made for delightful additions to this month’s bird walks and have certainly given us something to tweet about.