Birding at Goolengook

Subject: Birding at Goolengook
From: "Paul Jones" <>
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 08:59:16 +1100
Hi all
The other weekend I made a trip to Goolengook.  This is just south of the 
National Park in East Gippsland (Victoria).  Goolengook is currently the site
of Australia?s longest running forestry blockade at over 3 years.  The area
being blockaded is pristine old growth forest with areas of both warm temperate
and cool temperate rainforest and areas where the rainforest is mixed in with
the wet sclerophyll forest (maturing rainforest).

While I was their primarily for photography and to let the protesters know of
my support.  I did do a bit of atlassing.  The trip  produced 46 species all
listed below.  A 30 minute / 2 hectare search along the Heritage listed 
River produced 17 species.  An area using the same search technique that had
unfortunately been logged 2 years ago produced 5 species.

The Goolengook area would have to be one of the most beautiful areas in all
of Australia, and while I do not want bird
ng-aus used as a forum for protesting,
the area is well worth a visit and congratulations should go to the protesters
who are protecting this wonderful forest.  Letters should also be sent to 
politicians pointing out the values of the value and why it should be protected.
 I will be happy to supply further information as required.  That?s enough of
my soap-bo
, the species recorded were;

Emu             (with chicks)
Stubble Quail
Australian Wood Duck
Wedge Tailed Eagle
Spotted Turtle Dove
Common Bronzewing
Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo
Gang-gang Cockatoo
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Australian King Parrot
Crimson Rosella
Brush Cuckoo
Fan Tailed Cuckoo
Southern Boobook
Sooty Owl
Powerful Owl
Australian Owlet-nightjar
Laughing Kookaburra
Superb Lyrebird         (including nest)
White-throated Treecreeper
Brown Treecreeper
Superb Fairy Wren
Spotted Pardolote
Brown Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill
Striated Thornbill
White-eared Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater
Scarlet Robin
Flame Robin
Rose Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
Eastern Whipbird
Olive Whistler
Grey Shrike Thrush
Rufous Fantail
Grey Fantail
Willie Wagtail
Pied Currawong
Little Raven
White-winged Chough             (A group of about 40).
Green Catbird

Many other small birds that couldn?t be identified and mammals too numerous
to mention especially those that are nocturnal.


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