Sunday, January 10, 2016

Eastern Whipbird's of Rogers Reserve

10th January 2016


Eastern Whipbird's (sophodes olivaceus) characteristic "whip-crack choo-choo" sound can be heard almost every time we visit the Charles & Motee Rogers Bushland at Highfields, but rarely do we get a chance to spot this secretive Australian bird.  Eastern Whipbirds are sedentary, which means that they remain in the same location all year round. Interestingly, the tell tale whip sound, is actually a duet of two birds, the male makes the long whip crack and the female usually follows quickly with a sharp "choo-choo". Eastern Whipbird's like to live in dense eucalyptus forest and the female makes a cup nest of sticks and bark, lined with thin grasses, and placed in dense vegetation near the ground.

On this occasion we were lucky to witness an adult Eastern Whipbird along with a Juvenile close-by. The adult proved very difficult to photograph as it moved around thick bushes quite quickly, but we managed these photos below of the juvenile.

J & B Gray

Juvenile Eastern Whipbird (sophodes olivaceus)

Eastern Whipbird's (sophodes olivaceus) with adult hidden in bush to the left

Elusive Adult Eastern Whipbird (sophodes olivaceus)

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