Barmah camping trip

Subject: Barmah camping trip
From: mark kliene <>
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2001 22:49:45 +1100
Hi all,

Just got back from a relaxing camping trip with 4 others to Moira State
Forest on the NSW side of the Murray river
about 3 hours north of Melbourne.Which by the way is the largest
naturally occuring River Red Gum forest in the world.
I had not been to this campsite in about 4-5 years and so far the usual
of campers has receded noticeably. Also i found out the European Carp
numbers have fallen dramatically,
so much so that native and exotic plants have reappeared near
riverbanks, which of course is fantastic.
Although this was not a birding trip, i did have the chance to record
birdlife in and around the general locality
(which is much easier to to via trailbike!) and also by a wonderful
half-day canoeing trip in and around
the Barmah Lakes.Highlights were (in and around campsite),: Nesting
White Breasted Woodswallows,Dollarbird,
Yellow Rosella,Southern Boobook,Sacred Kingfisher,Red-Backed
Kingfisher,Rainbow Beeeater,Brown Treecreeper,
Striated Pardalote,Little Friarbird,Blue Faced Honeyeater,Yellow Plumed
Honeyeater,Jacky Winter,White Winged Chough,
and Diamond Firetail - right near the riverbank.
Elsewhere: Biggest highlight was a Grey Goshawk off the Highway just
south of Shepparton,close up views of Swamp Harriers
and Whistling Kites? display flight of stooping toward each other and
clasping at each others talons upside down!,Wedge Tailed Eagle soaring
on thermal updraughts,Azure Kingfisher,Dusky Woodswallow,Tree Martin,and
In all 68 species (that i can remember).Birdlist is below.
Also heard White Striped Freetail Bat, and saw a possible Yellow Footed
Antechinus(late afternoon in ground dwelling tree hollow).
My uncle had a "hopping rat or mouse",wander through his campsite(during
the day).My naive guess is Common Dunnart? can anyone help.

Mark Kliene.

Australian Pelican                                        Superb Fairy
Little Pied Cormorant                                  Striated
Little Black Cormorant                                White Browed
Pacific Black Duck                                      Western Gerygone

Australian Wood Duck                                Inland Thornbill
White Faced Heron                                     Yellow Rumped
Australian White Ibis                                   Little Friarbird

Silver Gull                                                   Blue Faced
Black Shouldered Kite                                Yellow Plumed
Black Kite                                                  White Plumed
Whistling Kite                                              Noisy Miner
Wedge Tailed Eagle                                    Jacky Winter
Grey Goshawk                                           Grey Shrike
Swamp Harrier                                           Golden Whistler
Australian Hobby                                        Rufous Whistler
Peaceful Dove                                            Grey Fantail
Common Bronzewing                                 Willie Wagtail
Crested Pigeon                                            Magpie Lark
Galah                                                         Black
Faced Cuckoo Shrike
Long Billed Corella                                    White Breasted
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo                        Dusky Woodswallow
Yellow Rosella                                            Australian
Eastern Rosella                                            Australian
Red Rumped Parrot                                    White Winged Chough

Fan Tailed Cuckoo                                    Tree Martin
Southern Boobook                                    Welcome Swallow
Azure Kingfisher                                        Clamorous Reed
Red Backed Kingfisher                                Little Grassbird
Sacred Kingfisher                                        European
Laughing Kookaburra                                  Diamond Firetail
Rainbow Bee Eater                                    Mistletoebird
Dollarbird                                                    Common
White Throated Treecreeper                       Common Starling
Brown Treecreeper                                    Common Myna

Birding-Aus is on the Web at
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message
"unsubscribe birding-aus" (no quotes, no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU