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    Mossgrove Bird Watching

    Some of the bird life in the gardens.

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    Now that the gardens have established, we have more and more bird species calling Mossgrove their home. Most of the images were taken looking out our office windows!


    The Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulata), commonly known as the Olive-tailed(White's or Ground) Thrush.  A 'newcomer' to Mossgrove, they have the habit of 'freezing' when startled; easy to photograph!mossgrove bassian thrush-02


    Tiny Blue Wrens are incredibly busy in the gardens at Mossgrove.  Moving very fast, and difficult to wren 02


    This is a pigeon of rainforests and wet sclerophyll forest, particularly at the forest edges, along creeks and rivers. Brown Cuckoo-Doves feed on fruit, berries and seeds from a variety of rainforest trees, shrubs and vines.  We see them only when the privet berries are ripe.mossgrove brown cuckoo-dove


    Mossgrove is home to a large number of Thornbills. Very busy collecting insects.

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    It is fun to watch these birds dipping their toes into the birdbath, seemingly to gauge the water depth, before diving into the water.  Around olive harvest time we, unwillingly, share the crop with vast numbers of Crimsom Rosellas.crimson rosella 02

    Not common at Mossgrove, the Eastern Rosella is a 'stand-out' in the gardens.

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    The Eastern Spinebills in the garden are our own little 'humming birds'.  They voice is described as "a rapid piping" but, to us, they sound like our smoke alarms going off !!!eastern-spinebill-mossgrove-02

    We have a breeding pair of Eastern Whipbirds in the garden.  Nice to see the young ones about. eastern-whip-bird 02 small

    A new arrival to Mossgrove.  They have found their niche and now call Mossgrove home.  In Spring the males are busy fighting their reflections on our office windows.eastern yellow robin


    First Golden Whistler spotted in the gardens at Mossgrove.  This is a male and very vocal.  Just another delight in our winter gardens.

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    Finally named this 'newcomer' to Mossgrove.  Thanks to Mal & Linda for having identified it as a Grey Shrike - Thrush.  The 'subsong' of this bird is wonderful!!!grey shrike thrush


    We have only spotted the females and young males at Mossgrove, so far.

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    Kookaburras are a permanent feature in the gardens at Mossgrove, in Dorrigo.

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    Lots of honeyeaters in the garden in late Winter to early Spring.lewins honeyeater 02

    This image was taken from a short video taken in the Dorrigo national park by one of our guests,  David Lee.  Thanks David.
    Click HERE to play this video.  This is incredible!!
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    Magpie-larks like to have the bird-baths all to themselves; very 'bossy'! mossgrove magpie lark

    The Paradise Riflebird is another newcomer (autumn 2014) to Mossgrove. This image is of the female of the species.  The male is a velvet black with iridescent blue-green crown, throat-breast, and central tail.  We have seen two females in the garden but no males.paradise riflebird mossgrove

    Currawongs are the first sign of the approach of Winter at Mossgrove. currawong


    The rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus) is a species of parrot found in Australia. It is common along the eastern seaboard, from northern Queensland to South Australia. Its habitat is rainforest, coastal bush and woodland areas.

    They are rarely seen at Mossgrove.

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    Masses of these Firetail are seen in the gardens. 

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    Another 'newcomer' to Mossgrove, we have only seen the female so far (spring 2014).  We are hoping that the few females will attract a male to the garden soon.regent bowerbird female-mossgrove


     Satin Bowerbirds are among the many bird species that make Mossgrove their home.  Spring sees at least five bowers in the gardens.

    We have managed to capture a rare glimps of a male bowerbird in its 6th molt.  This is when the male grows its breeding plumage.
    Male Satin Bowerbirds take 6-7 years to reach maturity.mossgrove satin bowerbird

    Although a common bird species this was the first time we have been able to photograph a Silvereye in the garden. The birdbath seems the only place they slow down enough for us to capture an image.

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    The Southern Boobook is the smallest and most common owl in Australia. It is identified by its plumage, which is dark chocolate-brown above and rufous-brown below, heavily streaked and spotted with white.

    This image is courtesy of Colin Macdonald. Colin took this shot in our olive grove; many thanks Colin.  Colin and Teri are return guests from Canada.  They say that "Australia is their 'go to' destination when escaping the Canadian winter".  We were delighted to see Colin & Teri again and always enjoy the conversation.  Travel is always a hot topic!

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    Mossgrove has a resident Tawny Frogmouth.  A real 'little helper' in the gardens, keeping the mice under control.

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    Mossgrove Mossgrove gardens have, in spite of the dry weather, come alive with bird life. White-browed Scrubwrens make up a significant number in the gardens.

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    The White-headed Pigeon prefers tall tropical to sub-tropical rainforests, and is often seen in forest remnants.  At Mossgrove we see them only when the privet trees are in fruit.

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    The White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos) is one of only two surviving members of the Australian mud-nest builders family, Corcoracidae.  We have a family of these noisy birds in our autumn gardens each year foraging the leaf litter for termites and beetles.

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    Another 'newcomer' to the gardens, the Wonga Pigeon usually enhabits dense forest areas. It is very shy and difficult to photograph.

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    The Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo is an awesome bird.  The can rip through large branches looking for wood grubs.  We see them often in our old Privet trees.

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