RFI: Deniliquin-Melbourne-Portland

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Subject: RFI: Deniliquin-Melbourne-Portland
From: Richard Fairbank <>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 13:27:23 BST
Three friends and I will be spending 3 weeks birding in SE Australia prior to a 
short visit to New
Caledonia.  None of us have been to this part of Australia, although 3 of us 
have been to
Queensland.  We will have a car and have used Thomas & Thomas (and recent 
postings on
birding-aus) to work out a provisional itinary (we also have Bransbury?s book). 
 The trip splits
into 4 parts, but is flexible within each part (depending on what has been seen 
at the time!):
July 21-26:  Sydney-Canberra-Deniliquin
July 28-Aug 1:  Deniliquin-Melbourne-Portland
Aug 3-7:  Portland-Victoria Malle-Adelaide
Aug 8-14:  Adelaide-Birdsville-Adelaide (with 4WD)

We would be grateful for any further information, recent sightings or specific 
sites, comments or
advice on any part of the trip. I will not have access to e-mail after 17 July. 
 The places we
intend, or are considering, visiting (and, drawn heavily from Thomas & Thomas, 
the birds we
might hope to see) in the second part of the trip are:

July 28-Aug 1:  Deniliquin-Melbourne-Portland
Chiltern State Forest:  Regent & Black-chinned Honeyeaters, Painted Button-Quail
Phillip Island:  Hooded Plover, Sooty Oystercatcher, Cape Barren Goose
Geelong:  Striated Calmanthus
Swan Island:  Orange-bellied Parrot
Laverton Saltworks:  Banded Stilt, Red-necked Avocet
Werribee SF:  Pacific Gull, Fairy Tern, Blue-winged Parrot, Lewin?s Rail, 
crakes, Blue-billed
You Yangs FP:  Swift Parrot, Musk & Purple-crowned Lorikeets, White-browed Wood 
Brisbane Ranges NP:  Powerful Owl, Koala
Barwon Heads:  Hooded Plover, Fairy Tern
Great Ocean Road: Rufous Bristlebird, Blue-winged Parrot, Brush Bronzewing, 
Olive Whistler
[Bool Lagoon:  Freckled & Blue-billed Duck, waterbirds, crakes?]

We are particularly interested in any recent info on Cape Barren Geese and Bool 
Lagoon (as it
is a significant detour).  Any good sites for Powerful Owl or Owlet-Nightjar 
would also be
excellent.  We have most of 15 Aug in Melbourne prior to flying to Noumea, 
hopefully a last
chance for things we?ve missed first time around.

Many thanks in advance for any information,

Richard Fairbank
West Sussex, England

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