Edwards Point - Geelong Area - Trip Report

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Subject: Edwards Point - Geelong Area - Trip Report
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2000 17:15:34 +1100
Hi All,

Last Sunday (12 Nov 2000) I went for a walk around Edwards Point State Reserve, 
near St Leonards on the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria. Great spot, a contrast 
between tea tree scrub, coastal saltmarsh, and a wide variety of rush, sedge 
and grass. In places it looks pristine, which is very unusual for the 
Bellarine. Great birds - literally thousands of ibis and pelican!

Highlights included a Great Skua harassing a gull, Striated Fieldwren calling 
atop of red-colored rush, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater being chased by Singing 
Honeyeater, Shining Bronze-cuckoo amongst others, a flock of about 20 
Red-capped Plover beside a pair Sooty Oystercatcher, Swamp Harrier and Brown 
Goshawk circling, Royal Spoonbill in full mating plumage - and a delightful 
female Rufous Whistler which sat down beside me after I whistled her in.

Not many 'sea' waders - the tide was in, which may have impacted on numbers - 
perhaps also the rain from the last week or so.  Apparently this is not always 
the case for example see Richard Dilena earlier report in the archive at:

Also came across a photo at:

It's a little difficult to get to the main park entrance - you have to wind 
your way in through the back streets of one of St Leonards "suburbs" - but well 
worth the effort. (Please contact me if you would like directions.)


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