Monday, July 11, 2011
Cheetham Wetlands, Altona, Spangled Drongo, November 20th
I walked on until I reached the main path again, having seen a few Skylark and more Pipits along the way, both very numerous to the extent I never really managed to I.D. them all (apparently the flight style is different but I never noticed anything at the time). I also heard a few Marsked Lapwings before I decided to turn back based on the time. I checked the grass here just incase I found one of these infamous "Altona Skipper" butterflies. Me being a butterfly fan I would be stoked to find something like this. Unfourtunately they would likely have a short flying time, typical of restricted Hesperiid skippers, but I cannot find any information about these butterflies at all, similar when I tried to find these "Pearl Whites" that apparently live in the Botanic Gardens.
I returned the same way, and the Drongo/Koel was still there in the same tree I originally found it. Having figured I harassed it enough I left it alone this time round. On the way back I passed a nest in the woodland area of Truganina Park. In the shade I saw two dark birds which I also assumed were Ravens, but when I check my photos they turned out to be Brown Falcons!
34 birds seen and at least 4 ticks (one being a vagrant(!)) ending a very nice day.