Sunday, 21 April 2013

Trip to the Wimmera

Last weekend a drive to the Wimmera to celebrate a birthday. Always good to go back to the dry country to enjoy a change of scenery and very colourful birds. While we have a great diversity of birds most are shore birds and mostly subdued colours
Inland Victoria is very dry at the moment while they wait for an Autumn break.With very little surface water many birds are attracted to garden water sources such as a bird bath.
While enjoying a quiet red wine we also enjoyed some visitors
Blue-faced honeyeater an occasional visitor

Crimson Rosella

Superb Blue Wren
Bronze-winged pigeon
White-plumed Honeyeater
Crested pigeon

Rainbow Lorikeet

The trip home down the Henty Highway ran alongside the beautiful Grampians National Park.
Travelled through the extensive damage caused by a massive fire which burnt for weeks.
Amazing how our bush regenerates
No regrowth for this wattle , wait for the rain and seed germination

Eucalypts already reshooting

Amazing grass trees seem to love a fire

A bit further down the road it was easy to see the controlled burning program close to the Grampians

Closer to the Western District and into red gum country and more birds
Sulphur-crested cockatoo


beautiful old red gums