This weekend I took a trip to Brookfield Conservation Park in the Murray Mallee with Chris Steeles
At our first stop we saw a female Mistletoebird, and then heard the soft call of Southern Scrub-robin. It didn't take long to track it down. As we got back to the car a large herd of feral goats crossed in front of us.
Next stop was the Bluebush Trail, where some Ground Cuckoo-shrikes had been seen the previous week, Unknown to me, my camera had been knocked onto the manual setting, so the next lot of photos were all horribly overexposed. I have managed to resurrect some using Photoshop, but most are beyond hope. We did not find the Cuckoo-shrikes, but did see some lovely birds like Redthroat and Mulga Parrot, There were plenty of Kangaroos there as well.
Luckily I spotted the problem with my camera, and carried on shooting this stunning Red-capped Robin .
On the Mallee Trail it was very quiet, but I managed a few shots of this flighty Yellow-plumed
Honeyeater, Much more co-operative was this large Orb Spider.
Lastly, after dropping Chris at home, I waited to see his local pair of Australian Hobbies.
I was disappointed at losing so many photos, so went back the next day to try again. On the way into the park I had a close encounter with Crested Bellbird, and then with this Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat, normally a nocturnal animal.
Back on the Bluebush Trail, more Red-capped Robins, including the less colourful female, and on the way out an obliging pair of Hooded Robins.