Corinella

Off I go to my third outing with Bird Life Australia!

Well not I, we 🙂 I’ve enrolled a good friend so that we can both enjoy the delights of what was forecast to be a fabulous day as well as some bird watching and some photography.

At 10am I was having my doubts about the day fining up. It took a while but as we were pulling into Tooradin for lunch around 12.30pm a single ray of sunshine finally burst through the fog and smog and misty cloudiness. And what a difference just a bit of  sun makes at any time; the colours pop, the heat warms, the birds come out to play and there is brightness and lightness everywhere! Lovely!

The drive down was through some very scenic roads and was lovely, but the fog was hemming us in and certainly restricted our view from several spots along the road. So it was nice to have sun start to break it up and have the day open up.

I forgot to take a photo of the Corinella Cemetery which was the site of last Friday’s bird watching. It is lovely and very old, so I’m sorry to missed that but here’s the first photo of the day.

Our first endeavour was to walk the perimeter of the cemetery which is part of a section of bushland held in trust for the cemetery. A path is cleared around the three sides meeting the bush, but we still had to watch out for bits of sticks, bracken and annoyingly, mosquitoes!

Okay, I finally got THE amazing shot I've been chasing with this beautiful female Superb Fairy-Wren! I'm bragging!, ferns, gum trees

Okay, I finally got THE amazing shot I’ve been chasing with this beautiful female Superb Fairy-Wren! I’m bragging!

Once I got the manual zoom going, I was unstoppable! And this darling robin hung around to give a novice enough time to fiddle with the settings!

Once I got the manual zoom going, I was unstoppable! And this darling Eastern Yellow Robin hung around to give a novice enough time to fiddle with the settings!

Aww isn't he/she just so cute? And I love love love the crisp sharp focus!

Aww isn’t he/she just so cute? And I love love love the crisp sharp focus!

Sick of him yet? How could you, he's so adorable - had to be the photo with the best detail!

Sick of him yet? How could you, he’s so adorable – this has to be the photo with the best detail!

Moving on once we had covered the perimeter of the cemetery, we moved along the road to find the start to the path cleared by Parks Victoria through the cemetery land so that we could walk through.

Then into the woods for another lovely adventure finding cute and varied birdies, and other bits and pieces.

Such fragile and vibrant wattles in bloom just now!

Such fragile and vibrant wattles in bloom just now!

A precious native orchid, the wild Nodding Orchid as pointed out to us by an experienced bush walker

A precious native orchid, the wild Nodding Orchid as pointed out to us by an experienced bush walker

The Victorian floral emblem, pink Heath - a poor photograph, I'd love to go back and experiment with lighting

The Victorian floral emblem, pink Heath – a poor photograph, I’d love to go back and experiment with lighting

Our guide tell us, anytime you see this fungus in the wild, gently turn it over and you'll see..., tree, ferns

Our guide tell us, anytime you see this fungus in the wild, gently turn it over and you’ll see…

THIS! The technical name includes vermillion, and that is the exact shade of the underbelly of this delightful fungus

THIS! The technical name includes vermillion, and that is the exact shade of the underbelly of this delightful fungus

And back along the first side of the cemetery.

A delightful mix of white and pink Heath in the Corinella Cemetery

A delightful mix of white and pink Heath in the Corinella Cemetery

And we’re done for another day. Lots of satisfaction getting good photos, and debating now the value of taking binoculars as well as a camera to get a good look at birds that aren’t photographable because of how far away they are.

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