Many of the Ironbark Trees were in flower (although not flowering heavily). As a result, there were many Honeyeaters present in the Nature Reserve. We caught some of them.
Juvenile Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris)
In this case we had a chance to compare the head (beak and eyes) of a juvenile and an adult.
Juvenile (pale beak, blueish eye ring), and AdultAnother bird we caught in some numbers was the Grey Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa). You can see why this small bird is so named.
This is the Inland Thornbill (Acanthiza apicalis) It is a cousin of the Brown Thornbill.The main distinguishing features of the Inland Thornbill are its red eye (see above) (similar to the Brown Thornbill), and its bright rufous rump (with dark band, and white tips).
For other similar Thornbills (of inland NSW), the Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, which I have not seen in a very long time, has a pale eye and a brighter rump. It is a close relative of the Buff-rumped Thornbill, as distinct from the Brown Thornbill.
By contrast, the Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa) has a clear yellow rump, a black forehead with white spots. It is also greener on the wings (than the Inland Thornbill).This next bird is the largest of the Honeyeaters which we caught on this trip, although Red Wattlebirds and Blue-faced Honeyeaters were present in some numbers (up in the tall trees).
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)This interesting bird has clear pink soft tissues around the beak and has a blue eye. This specimen has just a trace of stiff yellow feathers in the cheek patch, indicating it has only just achieved adulthood. These birds are very vocal, with a variety of piping calls.
I have some other photos of some other birds and insects and spiders and plants, from Charcoal Tank, which I will show soon.