It had been a while since had walked down Wolli Creek. At this time of the year I normally am on the lookout for fungi, but it has been so dry recently that I thought in most unlikely that I would see any, so I had my bird camera ready instead.
On this trip, I started at Bexley North Station and walk down the two Valleys Track to Tempe and then crossed the railway line and finished off with a quick visit to Tempe Wetlands.
There was a reasonable amount of birdlife along the way. Lots of Superb Fairy-wrens were out, the males looking good in their breeding plumage.
As well there were abundant Silvereyes and the odd Grey Fantail.
There was also a White-browed Scrubwren (or is it a Thornbill?) –
At the section between Bardwell Park and Turrella Reserve, I photographed the following –
Lower down were lots of New Holland Honeyeaters –
At Turrella Reserve, I photographed a set of Red-browed Finches –
A Superb Fairy Wren had caught a tiny morsel, and a Magpie had something larger –
I also saw another Grey Fantail –
And a Willie Wagtail –
Lower down, at Tempe, I went into Gough Whitlam Park to visit the kiosk for a coffee and a break. Continuing, I could see there was a fire, somewhere to the north of Tempe Station.
I later found it was the General Gordon Hotel at Sydenham – sadly burnt down.
At the stormwater drain near Tempe Station were a Striated Heron and an Egret.
At Tempe Wetlands I was delighted to watch a male Spotted Pardalote collecting nesting material.
These small birds rarely come down from the canopy, so it is always a nice to see them and to know there is a nest hole nearby.
Also – there was a Spoonbill in the second pool –
I then photographed a White-plumed Honeyeater –
Just after that, one local resident roared around the wetland path on an unregistered trail bike. I didn’t see too many more birds after that.