Wonga Pigeons on the Eildon/Warburton Road (Vic)

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Subject: Wonga Pigeons on the Eildon/Warburton Road (Vic)
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Fri, 05 Apr 2002 21:27:12 +1000
On Saturday 31 March (Easter Saturday) we were driving north along the
Eildon/Warburton Road between 10 and 11 am (last day of Daylight Saving
Time), heading towards Rubicon.
Between the Sandstone Track junction, and Federation Track junction
alias Cold Weather Junction, we saw a pair of Wonga Wonga Pigeons fly up
from the roadside. Approx grid reference, worked out from map, 309/5851.

I was much more surprised by the Wongas than by the Lyrebirds,
Bronzewings and King Parrots we also saw along the road, because in
several years of driving in the Blue Range area we had never seen Wongas
anywhere west of the Tambo River area.

To prove it was not a fluke, we saw another pair between Federation Road
and Snobs Link Track, grid approx. 308/5855. We also glimpsed a green
Satin Bowerbird.
My fried Bob Taylor, who knows this part of the world (Blue Range area)
very well and has spent a lot of time atlassing mammals and owls, says
that he hasn't ever seen or heard of them in this area either.

I would be very interested to know if anyone else had come across them
in these wet sclerophyll forests between Eildon NP and

At Conn's Gap we met a gentleman who was travelling in a different way
to the motorists, motorcyclists, cyclists and hikers who were out in the
forest. He was following the Bicentennial Equestrian Trail on foot,
accompanied by three pack-donkeys. 
Anthea Fleming in Ivanhoe, Vic.
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