WATTLEBIRDS

Last week the air was filled with the sound of Wattlebirds with their distinctive call.

There are 3 different Wattlebirds in Australia, but I’ve only seen the two commonly found in my state of Victoria.

LITTLE WATTLEBIRD – the Herb Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne

The Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera) was the very first bird call I learned to recognise in the Royal Botanic Gardens when I had to quit working and took up Photography as a hobby in 2010.

LITTLE WATTLEBIRD – found in a Callistemon, (or Bottlebrush) tree, next to the building housing some of the breeding program at Melbourne Zoo (located to the north of Melbourne city).
LITTLE WATTLEBIRD – Melbourne Zoo landscaped outdoor area.

It’s a very vocal bird, often musical, but mostly raucous with its ‘cockay-cock’, ‘kwok’, ‘yeyop’ sound.

It loves woodland, scrub and particularly Lantana and Banksia in parks and gardens.

A very lucky capture in that up close you can clearly see it’s reddish-pink ‘earrings’ and yellow belly feathers – the inner north-east suburb of Abbotsford right next to the Yarra River and National Parkland.

The Red Wattlebird (Anthorchaera carunculata), with its distinctive dark pink/reddish ‘earrings’ or wattles, seems to frequent certain other areas of Melbourne and its immediate parks and gardens.  I’ve seen that species more in the north-east, or my current, western side of Melbourne.

Not as close, but you can still see the pink ‘earrings’ and yellow belly – not far from where I live near the Maribyrnong River in the west suburbs
Not such a good shot with the branch in the way, but with fast-moving birds, you don’t always have time to move to the left or right to get a better shooting position.   Still, the bird species is clearly recognisable.  This shot was taken from the fence-line of Frogs Hollow Nature Reserve between my apartment and the Maribyrnong River.

I guess that they’re found almost everywhere depending on the type of tree, flower and/or landscape.  Being Honeyeaters, flower-type would probably have the most appeal.

Below, the Red Wattlebird on the paved stones surrounding the pond in the Fitzroy Gardens, East Melbourne.

Wattlebird silhouette at dusk next to the Maribyrnong River.
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