Oh, Warby, Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me?

It was the tail-end of one of our road trips and the weather was hot, the wind strong and dirty. Not feeling quite ready to tackle suburbia we thought we could spend one more night somewhere before heading home to Melbourne.

Warby Ranges

The Warby Ranges was nearby, accessible from Wangaratta or Glenrowan
in Victoria. The weather was concerning and we had been advised against camping in the Warbies. Storms and lightning had been predicted.
“Warbies is not the place you want to be if fire breaks out” said a local.

The decision was made to get a motel, catch up on image processing and
then explore in the morning depending on the weather. Good decision.

The next morning was calm, pleasant temperatures – a glorious sunny blue sky day. The Warbies beckoned. A place I had never been to, knew little about and never even considered on other trips to NE Victoria.

Turquoise Parrot

Was I in for a surprise. Within moments of arriving I saw Treecreepers scampering up tree trunks, Jacky Winters checking me out, rare Turquoise Parrots flying overhead obviously flushed out by my presence, Whistlers gold and rufous filling the air with song.

Crested Shrike Tit

A darling little Crested Shrike Tit with bold yellow plumage graced me with his presence. Not a rare bird but, for me, one always evading my camera!

We explored several areas within the Warby Ranges – I should have been satisfied with my early swag of bird images but Warby didn’t want to send me on my way until I had had a close encounter with a young Goanna and had sent a few more little birds to check me out at close range.

A young Lace Monitor (goanna)

Female Rufous Whistler

It was a magical day in the Australian bush, one I
rate very highly amongst my birding experiences.

~ Cheryl Ridge

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  • RodeoImagesAus
    RodeoImagesAusabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful tale and images to support it Cheryl

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 5 years ago

    Stunning ! Enjoyed the writing and the captures are awesome, well done!

  • Joe Mortelliti
    Joe Mortellitiabout 5 years ago

    Lots of locals in the area too:-),nice shots

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldabout 5 years ago

    Lovely shots,Cheryl,what a great place!!

  • binjy
    binjyabout 5 years ago

    :) What a find! You captured the locals perfectly-and it’s not too far from home! :)

  • Leanne Nelson
    Leanne Nelsonalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Your work has been featured in the Australian Travel Photography and Writing group 15 March 2010.

    I hadn’t heard of the Warbies, Cheryl. That’s another one for the bucket list!

  • WendyJC
    WendyJCalmost 5 years ago

    such a wonderful story of my home town!
    curious i am of where the birds were captured :)

  • SusanAdey
    SusanAdeyalmost 5 years ago

    Congrats on your feature Sherl. Great piece on an area I’ve never heard of either.

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