More than 50 bird species confirmed at Bunjaree Cottages

Bunjaree Cottages’ nearly-virgin bushland means there’s lots of birds year-round, but of course some of our birds are seasonal. Others we see but don’t identify, and that’s where it’s lovely to have guests that know more than we do!

Courtesy of a guest who was a keen bird-watcher, we have been able to add eleven new confirmed sightings to the Bunjaree bird list. Many thanks to Peter for his help and his keen eye! We’ll provide more information about each species in the coming months.

Buff Rumped Thirnbill by Duncan McKaskill CC 3.0

Image Credit: Duncan McKaskill, CC 2.0 license

Buff-rumped Thornbill – a small flock was seen on the driveway, which is their usual feeding habit.

 

 

 

 

 

Channel-Billed Cuckoo Bilby CC 3.0

Image credit: “Bilby” under CC 3.0 licence

Channel-billed Cuckoo – sorry if you don’t like their habit of night-calling, but it is currently their mating season. They’re the largest brood predator in the world, according to Wikipedia.

 

 

 

Crested Shrike-tit Fankzed CC 2.0

Image Credit: “Fankzed” under CC 2.0 licence

Crested Shrike-tit – sighted on the Tea-Tree Cottage driveway.

 

 

 

 

 

Image Credit: JJ Harrison, CC 3.0 licence

Image Credit: JJ Harrison, CC 3.0 licence

Fan-tailed Cuckoo – A daily visitor at the moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Credit: Toby Hudson, CC 3.0 licence

Image Credit: Toby Hudson, CC 3.0 licence

 

Little Raven – Which we really should have listed ourselves; it’s funny how the things you see everyday escape your notice when you try to make a list!

 

 

 

 

Image Credit: Glenn Fergus, CC 2.5 licence

Image Credit: Glenn Fergus, CC 2.5 licence

Noisy Friarbird – Expertise from others is wonderful: we have never spotted this at all, and now we’re on the lookout!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Credit: JJ Harrison, CC 3.0 licence

Image Credit: JJ Harrison, CC 3.0 licence

Silvereye – Another bird it should have occurred to us to look for!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Credit: "Russav", CC 2.0 licence

Image Credit: “Russav”, CC 2.0 licence

Southern Boobook – We were very pleased to have this identification. While Boobooks aren’t rare, we’re no good at identifying night-birds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Credit: "Mdekool", CC 3.0 licence

Image Credit: “Mdekool”, CC 3.0 licence

Striated Thornbill – Another one of the wonderful collection of small birds at Bunjaree. One reason they’re so hard to identify is that they don’t sit still that much, which means you have to know their calls as well.

 

 

 

 

Image Credit: "Aviceda", CC 3.0 licence

Image Credit: “Aviceda”, CC 3.0 licence

Varied Sittella – Again: small, fast, and hard to follow!

 

 

 

 

 

Image Credit: James Niland, CC 2.0 licence

Image Credit: James Niland, CC 2.0 licence

Variegated Fairy-wren – A genuine beauty of the Australian bush, nearly as superb as the Superb Fairy-wren.

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve updated the Bunjaree Bird list with the new additions in the next few days. We’d also recommend the iPod app our guest used: Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe.