On Tuesday, we had lunch at Fowles winery (my favourite restaurant) and I did a bit of birding in the vineyard while Roger paid the bill. In these few minutes, I enjoyed some of the best birding I've had in a long time. I saw both male and female Flame and Scarlet Robins, Red-rumped Parrots, Yellow-rumped Thornbills, colourful if exotic Goldfinches and, best of all, Southern Whiteface. The bird I saw had a feather in his beak, leading me to conclude that he was nesting. Alas, I could not find his nest.
We always have a look at Ironbark roadside stop. Yes, I have seen a Regent Honeyeater here - once. Some of the ironbarks were flowering, but not profusely and there were few birds today.
Wednesday started with bright sunshine and a beautiful blue sky. We started at Wonga Wetlands. Last time I was here, there was little water and few birds. Today, there was a great deal of water and few birds! Conditions were perfect as I walked around hopefully. The only bird I saw that I haven't seen here before (this is going from memory, I must check my records) was a Musk Duck.
We have our usual Chiltern routine, but there are some spots we don't often visit. One such place is Yeddonba. We went there once, years ago, and it was so hot that we were not encouraged to go back. It is part of the Chiltern Box-Ironbark National Park. 'Yeddonba' means black cypress pine in the local Aboriginal language and this place has special significance for the Aborigines. On this occasion, we decided to take a look and I did the walk. The views were great, but the only birds I saw were Grey Fantails and Brown Thornbills, which did not (in my mind) justify the steep and slippery track. However, I was pleased I went. There are some Aboriginal rock paintings which were worth a look. What was of special interest was a painting of what I believe can only be a thylacine. As these animals became exinct on the mainland some 2,000 years ago, we are left to assume that the painting is at least that old.