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.
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.
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.
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.
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.