Little mimic keeps to the dark

Keith Ireland snapped this photo of a Yellow-throated Scrub Wren at Lamington National Park.

Birds in our World with Keith Ireland

When I was having a holiday at O’Reilly’s Guest House up on the Lamington National Park, I spent the majority of my time strolling quietly along one of the many tracks, camera in hand and watching and listening for any sign of birds in that area.

Early one morning, I stopped and listened to what was a most beautiful and melodious call. Just listening to the call was worth the walk into the scrub but I had no idea which bird would be the one that had such a lovely call. The song seemed to be coming from low to the ground but the terrain was so thick where I was that I couldn’t see the songster or go in to look for it.

There seemed to be other birds around as well because different calls were also floating through the air. I stood quietly and waited and waited.

Suddenly, out of the foliage, this lovely little bird landed on a nearby branch.

In its beak was a piece of what must have been material for a nest. I had no idea what bird it was, but I managed to take a few photos before it disappeared back into the scrub. I waited for a while but it didn’t come out again so I moved on.

I looked up a Bird Book and found that my unknown bird was a Yellow-throated Scrub Wren. They live in dense forests keeping to the darker areas. Another point that was of great interest for me was that they are also mimics so I’m assuming that the other different calls that I heard, may have been the one bird that I saw, not a few different birds.

The Yellow-throated Scrub Wren is found in areas along the eastern coastline.

Altogether there are five Scrub Wren in Australia.