White-throated Treecreeper - Cormobates leucophaeus

White-throated Treecreeper

Cormobates leucophaeus

Family: Climacteridae (Australo-Papuan Treecreepers, 6 species in Australia).
Size: 13-15 cm
Distribution: Within about 1000 km of the coasts of NSW, Southern QLD, most of VIC small parts of southeast SA
Status: Common
Habitat: Rainforests, sclerophyll forests, woodlands
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

If you have ever seen a White-throated Treecreeper you will know instantly why it is called a "treecreeper". It literally creeps up tree trunks, looking for insects and grubs to eat. When it nears the top of the tree it flies down and starts again from near the bottom of the same or another tree. It is often seen in the Blue Mountains in native bush and in domestic gardens that are close to native bush. It has a call that sounds a little like the most common call of the Eastern Spinebill, except lower in pitch, more time between the "pips", and each pip has a slight change of pitch in it — unlike the Eastern Spinebill who's "pips" stay on the same pitch.

White-throated Treecreeper - Cormobates leucophaeus
Photo: Blaxland, Blue Mountains NSW

White-throated Treecreeper - Cormobates leucophaeus
Photo: Blaxland, Blue Mountains NSW

White-throated Treecreeper - Cormobates leucophaeus
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.

Some Birdwatching Resources

Tasco Essentials 10x50 Binoculars - White-throated Treecreeper - Cormobates leucophaeusTasco Essentials 10x50 Binoculars

I have the 8x40 of this series, which I bought because I saw them on special, and they had a much clearer image than the cheap no-name brand binoculars I had before. I would have got 10x50 instead if they had been on special also. These are great basic binoculars which can be used for birdwatching, stargazing, etc.

The first number (like 8 or 10) refers to the magnification, so bigger numbers mean you can see closer up, but the image will shake around more. The second number (like 40 or 50) is the diameter of the large lenses in millimetres. Bigger numbers mean more light gets in, so the image is clearer and better, at the expense of being larger and heavier to carry around.

With binoculars, once you get above the really cheap models (like $30-50), the image quality is pretty good. You can pay a lot more, like a few hundred dollars, or $1000 or $2000 even — but most of what you get isn't so much raw image quality but other features like durability, being waterproof, better lens coatings, image stabilisation, etc. Cheaper binoculars are more delicate and if not treated gently the two sides can go out of alignment with each other.

The product information says, "Tasco has been America's popular choice in sports optics for over 50 years. For half a century we've made it our mission to design and manufacture quality optics at prices that will fit any family's budget. Tasco products are packed with the latest features, built to exacting quality control standards, and designed to deliver a lifetime of satisfaction — so you can choose Tasco with confidence. With a great selection to choose from, you're sure to find just the right sports optics product for everyone in your family."

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