Trip report: Truganina Explosives Reserve, Altona, Victoria

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Subject: Trip report: Truganina Explosives Reserve, Altona, Victoria
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 16:40:38 +1100
Hi birders

Truganina Explosives Reserve is a small (c. 17ha) area of grassland,
saltmarsh and derived woodland on the foreshore at Altona in Melbourne's
bayside western suburbs.  At some stage in the near future it will be
incorporated into public parkland on the foreshore, but at the moment
it's still out of bounds.  I conducted a short fauna assessment there on
Tuesday afternoon and evening, and the list appears below.

The stand out fauna from my point of view included: Brown Quail (2) - in
keeping with the general incursion of Brown Quail this past summer at
Point Cook and Werribee; Spotless Crake (1) - in dry tussock grassland
of Chaffy Saw-sedge, Blady-grass and Coastal Tussock-grass - odd
location really, and it flushed; Little Eagle (1) - roosting in planted
Mahogany Gums, regionally significant; Brush Cuckoo (1) - an immature
bird, slightly unusual distribution, but possibly on passage from areas
further SW where small summer populations sometimes exist.

Brown Quail Coturnix ypsilophora
White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae
Nankeen Night-Heron Nycticorax caledonicus
Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus
Brown Goshawk Accipiter fasciatus
Little Eagle Hieraaetus morphnoides
Australian Hobby Falco longipennis
Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis
Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles
Silver Gull Larus novaehollandiae
*Rock Dove Columba livia
*Spotted Turtle-Dove Streptopelia chinensis
Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps lophotes
Galah Cacatua roseicapilla
Musk Lorikeet Glossopsitta concinna
Purple-crowned Lorikeet Glossopsitta porphyrocephala
Brush Cuckoo Cacomantis variolosus
Superb Fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus
Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus
Yellow-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata
White-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicillatus
Magpie-lark Grallina cyanoleuca
Grey Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa
Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys
Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen
Little Raven Corvus mellori
*House Sparrow Passer domesticus
*European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena
*Common Blackbird Turdus merula
*Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
*Common Myna Acridotheres tristis
White-striped Freetail-bat Tadarida australis
Gould's Wattled Bat Chalinolobus gouldii
Chocolate Wattled Bat Chalinolobus morio
Lesser Long-eared Bat Nyctophilus geoffroyi
Little Forest Bat Vespadelus vulturnus
*House Mouse Mus musculus
*Fox Vulpes vulpes
*Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus
South-eastern Slider Lerista bougainvillii
Tussock Cool-skink Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii

43 species

Lawrie Conole
Senior Zoologist

Ecology Australia Pty. Ltd.
Flora and Fauna Consultants
88B Station Street
FAIRFIELD VIC 3078 Australia
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