Weekend trip, Tallageira Scrub, Victorian Wimmera

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Subject: Weekend trip, Tallageira Scrub, Victorian Wimmera
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001 17:50:44 +1000
Over the last few days, Bob and Sadhana Cook and I visited the Tallageira
Scrub in the Victorian Wimmera.  About 400km from Melbourne by road, west of
Horsham and less than 20km south of the Little Desert, Tallageira is one of
a few vegetation remnants on the north Wimmera plains.  The rain stopped
just as we arrived on Saturday, stayed away on Sunday, and then recommenced
with a vengeance about 0600am on Monday!

Birding at Tallageira was interesting.  Some species were surprisingly
scarce (eg. Brown Treecreeper, Eastern Yellow Robin, Jacky Winter) or absent
(eg. White-winged Chough, Restless Flycatcher).

Best birds were:

Masked Owl - one bird calling around camp most of the night on 10/6.  First
Wimmera record?

Slender-billed Thornbill - a flock of 6 birds in Desert Banksia scrub on
10/6; minor range extension of some 15-20km south from Little Desert; first
record outside Little Desert or Big Desert?

White-fronted Honeyeater - numerous birds in several habitats, feeding on
banksia flowers (both Silver and Desert), Flame Heath and Yellow Gum; very
vocal - fantastic calls.

Forest Raven - surprisingly the most abundant raven; on the edge of its
range here.


Species recorded.
Master checklist is Victoria, political outliers not included.
Emu                                  Dromaius novaehollandiae
Australian Shelduck                  Tadorna tadornoides
Australian Wood Duck                 Chenonetta jubata
Wedge-tailed Eagle                   Aquila audax
Common Bronzewing                    Phaps chalcoptera
Peaceful Dove                        Geopelia striata
Galah                                Cacatua roseicapilla
Long-billed Corella                  Cacatua tenuirostris
Little Corella                       Cacatua sanguinea
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo             Cacatua galerita
Rainbow Lorikeet                     Trichoglossus haematodus
Musk Lorikeet                        Glossopsitta concinna
Purple-crowned Lorikeet              Glossopsitta porphyrocephala
Crimson Rosella                      Platycercus elegans
Eastern Rosella                      Platycercus eximius
Red-rumped Parrot                    Psephotus haematonotus
Southern Boobook                     Ninox novaeseelandiae
Masked Owl                           Tyto novaehollandiae
Australian Owlet-nightjar            Aegotheles cristatus
Laughing Kookaburra                  Dacelo novaeguineae
White-throated Treecreeper           Cormobates leucophaeus
Brown Treecreeper                    Climacteris picumnus
Superb Fairy-wren                    Malurus cyaneus
Variegated Fairy-wren                Malurus lamberti
Spotted Pardalote                    Pardalotus punctatus
Striated Pardalote                   Pardalotus striatus
Weebill                              Smicrornis brevirostris
Brown Thornbill                      Acanthiza pusilla
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill            Acanthiza uropygialis
Buff-rumped Thornbill                Acanthiza reguloides
Slender-billed Thornbill             Acanthiza iredalei
Yellow-rumped Thornbill              Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
Striated Thornbill                   Acanthiza lineata
Red Wattlebird                       Anthochaera carunculata
Little Wattlebird                    Anthochaera chrysoptera
Noisy Miner                          Manorina melanocephala
Yellow-faced Honeyeater              Lichenostomus chrysops
White-eared Honeyeater               Lichenostomus leucotis
White-plumed Honeyeater              Lichenostomus penicillatus
Black-chinned Honeyeater             Melithreptus gularis
Brown-headed Honeyeater              Melithreptus brevirostris
White-naped Honeyeater               Melithreptus lunatus
New Holland Honeyeater               Phylidonyris novaehollandiae
White-fronted Honeyeater             Phylidonyris albifrons
Jacky Winter                         Microeca fascinans
Scarlet Robin                        Petroica multicolor
Hooded Robin                         Melanodryas cucullata
Eastern Yellow Robin                 Eopsaltria australis
White-browed Babbler                 Pomatostomus superciliosus
Varied Sittella                      Daphoenositta chrysoptera
Crested Shrike-tit                   Falcunculus frontatus
Golden Whistler                      Pachycephala pectoralis
Grey Shrike-thrush                   Colluricincla harmonica
Magpie-lark                          Grallina cyanoleuca
Grey Fantail                         Rhipidura fuliginosa
Willie Wagtail                       Rhipidura leucophrys
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike          Coracina papuensis
Grey Butcherbird                     Cracticus torquatus
Australian Magpie                    Gymnorhina tibicen
Grey Currawong                       Strepera versicolor
Australian Raven                     Corvus coronoides
Forest Raven                         Corvus tasmanicus
Little Raven                         Corvus mellori
Mistletoebird                        Dicaeum hirundinaceum
Welcome Swallow                      Hirundo neoxena
Tree Martin                          Hirundo nigricans
Silvereye                            Zosterops lateralis
Sugar Glider                         Petaurus breviceps
Common Brushtail Possum              Trichosurus vulpecula
Western Grey Kangaroo                Macropus fuliginosus
Red-necked Wallaby                   Macropus rufogriseus
Fox                                  Vulpes vulpes
Rabbit                               Oryctolagus cuniculus
Painted Frog                         Neobatrachus pictus

74 species

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