Birds

Pictures of some of the birds found in the bush around Chandlers Hill.

brown thornbill
Brown Thornbill
( Acanthiza pusilla)
Very chirpy bird. Often seen in bird waves, scurrying among shrubs looking for insects.

crimson rosella
Crimson Rosella
(Platycercus elegans)

Another common resident of the forest. Loud “quick, quick” call is often heard in flight. Can be seen sometimes on the ground feeding on grass seeds. Seems to prefer fruits which are not completely ripe.

eastern spinebill
Eastern Spinebill
(Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris)

A nectar-feeder with a shrill, rapid piping call. Very active bird, very rarely still. The long beak allows it to reach inside trumpet-shaped flowers. Reminds me of the sunbirds back in Malaysia.

yellow robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
(Eopsaltria australis)

Saw this bird and nest while walking along Outlook Road inside the park. The bird was initially skittish about my presence, but eventually settled down and allowed me to photograph it. PIcture taken in mid-December.

grey fantail
Grey Fantail
(Rhipidura fuliginosa)

Another frequent active participant in bird waves. Usually seen “hawking” insects in the air. Very active, erratic flying and fans tail constantly.

kookaburra
Laughing Kookaburra
(Dacelo novaeguineae)

A large bird and common resident of the forest. Noisy “laughing” call is an unforgettable sound one hears on a bush walk. Hunts insects and reptiles from a convenient perch.

Pacific black duck
Pacific Black Duck
(Anas superciliosa)
A commonly seen duck in this area. Occasionally, a mother duck with bunch of ducklings can be seen making their way down the hill presumbly in search of a large body of water.

red wattlebird
Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata)
A very territorial and aggressive bird with a loud, raucous call. Predominantly a nectar-feeder, it will occasionally be seen hunting insects in the air. The name derives from the two small red wattles hanging on its cheek.

sulphur-crested cockatoos
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
(Cacatua galerita)

A large white bird with a yellow crest. This bird is very social and tends to flock together. Very loud call, often in flight.

tawny frogmouth
Tawny Frogmouth
(Podargus ocellatus)

Can often be seen during the day sitting on a branch snoozing. Becomes active at dusk.

Picture (left) is a juvenile frogmouth taken in January. Usually the parent birds would huddle together with their young on branches and doze during the daytime.