On a calm day last week, many small birds were calling from the treetops, and I could identify where they were sitting from the rustling noises they made when they moved.
I took many photos of one small bird which was hopping around the trunk of a tree at the point where the bark peeled away. However, after a week of looking through field guides, I’m still not 100% sure what it is. Initially, we thought it might be a Jacky Winter, but it lacks the distinctive white-edged tail feathers. Eliminating birds which are not found in Central Victoria, and eliminating birds which have red eyes or distinctive head markings, I am left with the possibility it may be an immature Golden Whistler. (Adult Golden Whistlers have at least a little yellow on their body – the female at the base of the belly, and the male being highly distinctive with a black head and bright yellow band around the nape of the neck and all over the underside of the bird.)
If you know your bird species, I would dearly love to have confirmation of this, or an alternative suggestion.
Two nights ago, I set out to take photos of a beautiful sunset, and came across the same bird (or a similar one) again. In the golden light, it still seemed to be primarily buff coloured on the underside, and grey/brown on its upper side.