There is a spot on the boardwalk within the Uralla Reserve at Trafalgar where I have seen and heard the Brown Gerygone on several occasions.
On Friday, returning from a trip east, I took the camera in to see if the birds would co-operate. It was one of those times you dream about – I walked straight to the end of the boardwalk sat around for 5 minutes listening to the calls of Lewin’s Honeyeaters, Eastern Whipbirds, Brown Thornbills and Eastern Yellow Robins and then the gerygones appeared on cue.
The Birdlife website has a nice rundown of this species. Confusingly though, under ‘Distribution’ it records … found south from Cooktown, Queensland to Sale, Victoria. In Victoria there has been a westward expansion of this species, with confirmed sightings in the Dandenong Ranges, east of Melbourne. And then under ‘Conservation Status’ it is listed in Victoria as not present.
The Brown Gerygone is a classic ‘little brown bird’, the term often referred to for small brown birds that are glimpsed briefly as they dart about in the foliage. Gerygone apparently is Greek for born of sound, referring to the bird’s call and like cisticola and chough there is constant debate on the correct or preferred pronunciation. Just nice to see them I reckon.