Eastern Whipbird

Psophodes olivaceus.

It has been a very long time coming, but I finally managed a decent shot of a male Eastern Whipbird.

Whipbirds are incredibly secretive little fellows who are rarely seen in the open. They are known for their whip-like call, usually followed by two small "echoes" from a nearby member of the flock and I presume the distinctive call is a way of keeping track of the flock in dense undergrowth.

This was taken along the boardwalk leading to the Treetop walk at O'Reilly's in Lamington National Park.

Lea had gone ahead with the children and spotted him sitting there and luckily it was still there when I managed to catch up.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 1st August 2010, This photo: 1:56pm

Previous Photo: Pacific Baza


  • fotoscape2009 said:
    Great shot Dave, these birds are hard to get, so well done!
  • James Lagden said:
    At last! Great shot Dave.
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/38772371@N06] Thanks, darn tricky to get indeed, but luckily this one was more interested in looking for food than worrying about photographers 4m or so away.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/jameslagden] Thanks James, the pick of the day for me. Oh, BTW, it wasn't a goshawk that I got earlier in the day, but a Pacific Baza.
  • James Lagden said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/dadegroot] Just as good :)
  • heyjennuh said:
    wonderful capture and perfect focus!
  • Don Mortimer de la Crypt de Coraz√≥n said:
    you guys are amazing photographers =)
  • Ross_M said:
    Just brilliant
  • nom_oz said:
    Fabulous Dave. I have a pair living in the bush behind my house. Only 30 meters away from my window. I hear them EVERY day. I've managed to glimpse them just once in 3 years. To get this photo is a great achievement! :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/35740852@N05] Thanks!
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/blitzkrieg-bob] We try ;-)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/ross_m] Thanks Ross - I think a few more trips to the rainforest are warranted to brush up on low light birding technique.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/glennsan] Yes very elusive little buggers eh Glenn ?
  • SkattyKat said:
    1 good shot is all it takes to make a productive day ....
  • frednaut said:
    Wow I've never seen one of these before!
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathrine-carter] Absolutely Kath. I could very well have packed up and gone home after that shot. ;-)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/geoff_francis] In normal bushland you'll typically only see them around dusk as they flit between cover, and only if you aren't visible and aren't making any noise.
  • ~*Hang*~ said:
    I'm amaze how in the world do you know the name of the bird, you must be a bird lover :D To me they look the same kakaka :P Nice steady focus and detail.
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/1vy] That's me, a bit of a birder in fact. Have a couple of books, a long lens and will travel to see particular species :)
  • ~*Hang*~ said:
    woooa now that's devotion :) the bird man :)
  • looby88 said:
    well done Lea, well done you !
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/33085391@N00] Indeed :)
  • teejaybee said:
    Ahhh what a find! They are usually waaaay up high and impossible to see!
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/teejaybee] The ones around home are usually hiding in the lantana.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Very cool - I've never even seen one properly - only tiny glimpses!
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/42495072@N00] Yep, they're a secretive bird, but one of my favourites for vocalisations.
  • creativelies said:
    Fantastic - I actually have always wondered what they looked like. There's a ton around here in the bush and despite walking around here for years I've yet to catch a glimpse of one in person...
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/creativelies] Yeah, very secretive birds for something that's so loud. The female is an olively brown with only a feint cheek and is seen even less than the male.