I have seen a few Wonga Pigeons in the past few years in wet forest in
Toolangi and Black Range State Forests and O'Shannassy Water Catchment area,
but these areas are to the west and south of the area you mention. I
certainly don't see them very often and am always very pleased when I do. I
probably only see about 2 per year and have been in the area hundreds of
times. I was surprised to see one at the Tanglefoot car park in Toolangi
State Forest one day during summer.
I was very interested that you saw the man with the donkeys. I saw him on
the Monda Track (Road 9) between Maroondah Catchment area and Toolangi State
Forest on the 22 March. I immediately wanted to get some donkeys and do the
same thing myself!
Anthea Fleming wrote:
> 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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