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.
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.
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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