Gluepot – August Part 3

Birdlife Australia manages Gluepot reserve and bird watching was initially the main attraction, yet so far my dissertations have featured only a couple of species.  This is mostly due to some difficulty in producing adequate photographic illustration.   As the weather cleared and the wind dropped bird activity certainly increased – we saw Chestnut-crowned Babblers, Crested Bellbird, Mulga Parrots, and Mallee-Ringnecks.  We found both White-winged Fairy-wrens and Splendid Fairy-wrens,  Allen got a few glimpses of a Red-lored Whistler but it certainly didn’t wait for me to get a good look.  Honeyeaters included Brown-headed, White-fronted, Spiny-cheeked, Yellow-plumed (in great numbers), White-eared and Striped.  Many, many thornbills; Inland, Chestnut-rumped, Brown, Yellow, Yellow-rumped and Slender-billed Thornbills – where ever we went there seemed to be some Thornbills busy feeding amongst the foliage, most often in the Mallee Gums.  The advantage of bird watching in the Mallee is that the average height of the trees is much less than we are accustomed to in the rainforest and it makes identification so much easier.
CSC_0020A well numbered spread of tracks lead to varied and interesting locations around Gluepot;  there were many places to explore not far from our camp at ‘Bellbird’ however we did travel over to old Gluepot in the SW of the reserve to look at the remains of the original homestead.  The most interesting part was the cellar, presumably a cool store for food, which still appeared in relatively good condition.
Cellar at old Gluepot homesteadOn our return to camp  a flock of  Miners crossed the track in front of us.  A rapid halt and we were out of the vehicle trying to get a definite identification as this flock of 20+ moved through the trees.  Not being a gambler I wouldn’t put money on this but they did appear to be Black-eared Miners although with the difficulties presented with the hybridization of the species with Yellow-throated Miners we can’t really be certain.
Flowers are not always very obvious until you look closely – this Westringia rigida – Stiff Westringia is a good example.  Not the sort of form you would look for in a garden plant but on closer examination there were some rather lovely flowers.
Westringia rigida - Stiff WestringiaWestringia rigida - Stiff Westringia
Now for a couple of splashes of yellow ……….the lovely Senna artemisioides ssp. filifolia followed by – Zygophyllum aurantiacum – Shrubby Twin Leaf
Senna artemisioides ssp. filifolia

Zygophyllum aurantiacum - Shrubby Twin LeafAnd a magnificent Mallee sunset on the eve of our last day was a fitting end to our first Gluepot visit.

Gluepot Sunset-002

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