The Gloucester National Park at Pemberton was one of our brief stops before we further hurtled down South. It was a soggy mid-morning, but light drizzles however, awakened the birds of Spring and at the car park, we were greeted by Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius), Rufous Treecreepers (Climacteris rufus) and even a few Red-Winged Fairywrens (Malurus elegans) peeked out from their hiding scrubs!
From right- Australian Ringneck, Rufous Treecreeper
“One could not leave the park without climbing the Gloucester tree”, said my friend! And so while my buddy stood in line waiting to climb up the majestic tree (apparently 61m above ground! gasp!), I took the 800m trail walk hoping to see something special. As I trekked deeper, I heard some rustling sounds coming from the ground and soon spotted a mid-sized bird with a long, pointed curved bill and white throat foraged on the ground, turning almost every leaf to find food! It should be a babbler of some sort! The babbler probably saw me as it swiftly jumped onto a tree to join the others! Wow, there must be atleast 10 of them! One soon came close to me and I quickly pressed my shutter! Its later confirmed as a White-Browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus), another endemic ticked! 😛
White-Browed Babbler at Gloucester Tree
Gloucester National Park is a bird-loving place. Though there were tourists who came to see the Gloucester Tree, birds were exceptionally close and friendly. I would love to spend a full day here, but we had a Tree-Top walk at Walpole in our itinerary, even though I have height phobia, after-all, not everything is about birds! And oh, we saw a Fan-tailed cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis) as we head back to collect our car! 😛