1st July 2001 Big Birdwatch

To: "Margaret Cameron" <>, "Birding-Aus Mail" <>, "Grant Baverstock" <>, "Chris Tzaros" <>
Subject: 1st July 2001 Big Birdwatch
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2001 21:56:47 +1000
Grant Baverstock and I decided to participate in the Big Birdwatch today, to
celebrate the centenary of the RAOU and to raise some funds.  We elected NOT
to bird for 24 hours, but confined ourselves to the period between dawn and
dusk - about 0730 to 1745 - and to within about 35km of Geelong (Geelong is
in coastal central Victoria, about 75km SW of Melbourne).  The weather
varied spectacularly - from a bitterly cold hailstorm to almost sunburn
conditions.  We started near Airey's Inlet and wandered around the Geelong &
Bellarine Peninsula area, before going to Werribee and then the Brisbane
Ranges.  Our casual 10 hour day yielded 130 species - not bad for winter in
the deep south!

Best birds?  Most noteworthy may have been an overwintering Olive-backed
Oriole near Anakie.  Other notables included a Pink Robin in suburban
Geelong, Rufous Bristlebird (good anywhere!), Powerful Owl (a great baleful
stare from a female near Anakie), Freckled Duck (a couple at Lake Borrie,
Werribee - sorry Shirley!), Intermediate Egret (at Werribee).

Blue-billed Duck                     Oxyura australis
Musk Duck                            Biziura lobata
Freckled Duck                        Stictonetta naevosa
Black Swan                           Cygnus atratus
Australian Shelduck                  Tadorna tadornoides
Australian Wood Duck                 Chenonetta jubata
Pacific Black Duck                   Anas superciliosa
Australasian Shoveler                Anas rhynchotis
Grey Teal                            Anas gracilis
Chestnut Teal                        Anas castanea
Pink-eared Duck                      Malacorhynchus membranaceus
Hardhead                             Aythya australis
Australasian Grebe                   Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
Hoary-headed Grebe                   Poliocephalus poliocephalus
Great Crested Grebe                  Podiceps cristatus
Australasian Gannet                  Morus serrator
Little Pied Cormorant                Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
Pied Cormorant                       Phalacrocorax varius
Little Black Cormorant               Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
Great Cormorant                      Phalacrocorax carbo
Australian Pelican                   Pelecanus conspicillatus
White-faced Heron                    Egretta novaehollandiae
Little Egret                         Egretta garzetta
Great Egret                          Ardea alba
Intermediate Egret                   Ardea intermedia
Cattle Egret                         Ardea ibis
Australian White Ibis                Threskiornis molucca
Straw-necked Ibis                    Threskiornis spinicollis
Royal Spoonbill                      Platalea regia
Yellow-billed Spoonbill              Platalea flavipes
Black-shouldered Kite                Elanus axillaris
Whistling Kite                       Haliastur sphenurus
Swamp Harrier                        Circus approximans
Brown Goshawk                        Accipiter fasciatus
Brown Falcon                         Falco berigora
Australian Hobby                     Falco longipennis
Nankeen Kestrel                      Falco cenchroides
Purple Swamphen                      Porphyrio porphyrio
Dusky Moorhen                        Gallinula tenebrosa
Eurasian Coot                        Fulica atra
Red-necked Stint                     Calidris ruficollis
Curlew Sandpiper                     Calidris ferruginea
Pied Oystercatcher                   Haematopus longirostris
Black-winged Stilt                   Himantopus himantopus
Banded Stilt                         Cladorhynchus leucocephalus
Red-necked Avocet                    Recurvirostra novaehollandiae
Red-capped Plover                    Charadrius ruficapillus
Double-banded Plover                 Charadrius bicinctus
Banded Lapwing                       Vanellus tricolor
Masked Lapwing                       Vanellus miles
Pacific Gull                         Larus pacificus
Silver Gull                          Larus novaehollandiae
Crested Tern                         Sterna bergii
Rock Dove                            Columba livia
Spotted Turtle-Dove                  Streptopelia chinensis
Galah                                Cacatua roseicapilla
Long-billed Corella                  Cacatua tenuirostris
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo             Cacatua galerita
Rainbow Lorikeet                     Trichoglossus haematodus
Musk Lorikeet                        Glossopsitta concinna
Purple-crowned Lorikeet              Glossopsitta porphyrocephala
Australian King-Parrot               Alisterus scapularis
Crimson Rosella                      Platycercus elegans
Eastern Rosella                      Platycercus eximius
Red-rumped Parrot                    Psephotus haematonotus
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo            Chrysococcyx basalis
Powerful Owl                         Ninox strenua
Southern Boobook                     Ninox novaeseelandiae
Laughing Kookaburra                  Dacelo novaeguineae
White-throated Treecreeper           Cormobates leucophaeus
Brown Treecreeper                    Climacteris picumnus
Superb Fairy-wren                    Malurus cyaneus
Spotted Pardalote                    Pardalotus punctatus
Rufous Bristlebird                   Dasyornis broadbenti
White-browed Scrubwren               Sericornis frontalis
Striated Fieldwren                   Calamanthus fuliginosus
Brown Thornbill                      Acanthiza pusilla
Buff-rumped Thornbill                Acanthiza reguloides
Yellow-rumped Thornbill              Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
Yellow Thornbill                     Acanthiza nana
Striated Thornbill                   Acanthiza lineata
Red Wattlebird                       Anthochaera carunculata
Little Wattlebird                    Anthochaera chrysoptera
Noisy Miner                          Manorina melanocephala
Yellow-faced Honeyeater              Lichenostomus chrysops
Singing Honeyeater                   Lichenostomus virescens
White-eared Honeyeater               Lichenostomus leucotis
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater             Lichenostomus melanops
White-plumed Honeyeater              Lichenostomus penicillatus
Brown-headed Honeyeater              Melithreptus brevirostris
White-naped Honeyeater               Melithreptus lunatus
Crescent Honeyeater                  Phylidonyris pyrrhoptera
New Holland Honeyeater               Phylidonyris novaehollandiae
Eastern Spinebill                    Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris
White-fronted Chat                   Epthianura albifrons
Jacky Winter                         Microeca fascinans
Scarlet Robin                        Petroica multicolor
Flame Robin                          Petroica phoenicea
Pink Robin                           Petroica rodinogaster
Eastern Yellow Robin                 Eopsaltria australis
Grey Shrike-thrush                   Colluricincla harmonica
Restless Flycatcher                  Myiagra inquieta
Magpie-lark                          Grallina cyanoleuca
Grey Fantail                         Rhipidura fuliginosa
Willie Wagtail                       Rhipidura leucophrys
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike            Coracina novaehollandiae
Olive-backed Oriole                  Oriolus sagittatus
Grey Butcherbird                     Cracticus torquatus
Australian Magpie                    Gymnorhina tibicen
Pied Currawong                       Strepera graculina
Grey Currawong                       Strepera versicolor
Australian Raven                     Corvus coronoides
Little Raven                         Corvus mellori
White-winged Chough                  Corcorax melanorhamphos
Skylark                              Alauda arvensis
Richard's Pipit                      Anthus novaeseelandiae
House Sparrow                        Passer domesticus
Eurasian Tree Sparrow                Passer montanus
Red-browed Finch                     Neochmia temporalis
European Greenfinch                  Carduelis chloris
European Goldfinch                   Carduelis carduelis
Mistletoebird                        Dicaeum hirundinaceum
Welcome Swallow                      Hirundo neoxena
Tree Martin                          Hirundo nigricans
Little Grassbird                     Megalurus gramineus
Golden-headed Cisticola              Cisticola exilis
Silvereye                            Zosterops lateralis
Common Blackbird                     Turdus merula
Common Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Common Myna                          Acridotheres tristis

130 species

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