birding-aus Brief trip report - Barmah Forest, Victoria

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From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 15:54:17 +1100
I've just today returned from a field trip to Barmah Forest, during
which I've been censusing birds and recording foraging observations.
Barmah is about 40km east of Echuca on the Murray River in north-central
Victoria, and with the contiguous Moira and Gulpa Island forests in NSW
is the largest River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) forest in

The most interesting records for me were those of Superb Parrots feeding
a fledgling; 2 Painted Honeyeaters; Dollarbirds still feeding young in a
nest hollow (they were doing so a week or more ago when I was last
there); a Brush Cuckoo calling near camp one evening (Chris Tzaros might
be interested in that one!); a Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo making a crash
raid to lay an egg in a Superb Fairy-wren nest; the sheer amount of
late/supplementary breeding.  The full list follows beneath my signature

Cheers -- Lawrie

3 Gezireh Street, Pascoe Vale South
Victoria 3044 AUSTRALIA.  37°44'27"S  144°56'17"E
Phone (03) 9354 2484; Mobile (0419) 588 993
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Lawrie Conole
9 - 14/12/1999

* = species for which some breeding activity was noted (nest building,
feeding flying young, etc.).

Some species recorded in split form here (eg. Yellow Rosella, Australian

*Emu                                  Dromaius novaehollandiae
Australian Wood Duck                 Chenonetta jubata
Pacific Black Duck                   Anas superciliosa
Chestnut Teal                        Anas castanea
Little Pied Cormorant                Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
Great Cormorant                      Phalacrocorax carbo
Australian Pelican                   Pelecanus conspicillatus
White-faced Heron                    Egretta novaehollandiae
White-necked Heron                   Ardea pacifica
Nankeen Night Heron                  Nycticorax caledonicus
Australian White Ibis                Threskiornis molucca
Royal Spoonbill                      Platalea regia
Yellow-billed Spoonbill              Platalea flavipes
Whistling Kite                       Haliastur sphenurus
White-bellied Sea-Eagle              Haliaeetus leucogaster
Swamp Harrier                        Circus approximans
Brown Goshawk                        Accipiter fasciatus
Wedge-tailed Eagle                   Aquila audax
Little Eagle                         Hieraaetus morphnoides
Masked Lapwing                       Vanellus miles
Common Bronzewing                    Phaps chalcoptera
Peaceful Dove                        Geopelia placida
*Galah                                Cacatua roseicapilla
Little Corella                       Cacatua sanguinea
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo             Cacatua galerita
Musk Lorikeet                        Glossopsitta concinna
*Superb Parrot                        Polytelis swainsonii
Yellow Rosella                       Platycercus flaveolus
Eastern Rosella                      Platycercus eximius
Red-rumped Parrot                    Psephotus haematonotus
Pallid Cuckoo                        Cuculus pallidus
Brush Cuckoo                         Cacomantis variolosus
Fan-tailed Cuckoo                    Cacomantis flabelliformis
*Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo            Chrysococcyx basalis
Southern Boobook                     Ninox boobook
Tawny Frogmouth                      Podargus strigoides
Azure Kingfisher                     Alcedo azurea
*Sacred Kingfisher                    Todiramphus sanctus
*Dollarbird                           Eurystomus orientalis
White-throated Treecreeper           Cormobates leucophaeus
*Brown Treecreeper                    Climacteris picumnus
*Superb Fairy-wren                    Malurus cyaneus
Spotted Pardalote                    Pardalotus punctatus
Striated Pardalote                   Pardalotus striatus
*White-browed Scrubwren               Sericornis frontalis
Weebill                              Smicrornis brevirostris
Western Gerygone                     Gerygone fusca
Brown Thornbill                      Acanthiza pusilla
*Buff-rumped Thornbill                Acanthiza reguloides
Yellow-rumped Thornbill              Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
Striated Thornbill                   Acanthiza lineata
*Noisy Friarbird                      Philemon corniculatus
Little Friarbird                     Philemon citreogularis
White-plumed Honeyeater              Lichenostomus penicillatus
Black-chinned Honeyeater             Melithreptus gularis
*Brown-headed Honeyeater              Melithreptus brevirostris
Painted Honeyeater                   Grantiella picta
*Jacky Winter                         Microeca fascinans
Red-capped Robin                     Petroica goodenovii
*Varied Sittella                      Daphoenositta chrysoptera
Crested Shrike-tit                   Falcunculus frontatus
*Rufous Whistler                      Pachycephala rufiventris
Grey Shrike-thrush                   Colluricincla harmonica
Leaden Flycatcher                    Myiagra rubecula
Magpie-lark                          Grallina cyanoleuca
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike            Coracina novaehollandiae
White-winged Triller                 Lalage tricolor
White-breasted Woodswallow           Artamus leucorynchus
Dusky Woodswallow                    Artamus cyanopterus
*Australian Magpie                    Gymnorhina tibicen
*Australian Raven                     Corvus coronoides
White-winged Chough                  Corcorax melanorhamphos
Red-browed Finch                     Neochmia temporalis
Welcome Swallow                      Hirundo neoxena
Tree Martin                          Hirundo nigricans
Australian Reed-Warbler               Acrocephalus australis
Rufous Songlark                      Cincloramphus mathewsi
Silvereye                            Zosterops lateralis

78 species

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