Trip report - Wye River, Otway Ranges, Victoria.

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Subject: Trip report - Wye River, Otway Ranges, Victoria.
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 10:42:44 +1000
Hi birders

Just back from a very leisurely weekend spent at a holiday house in the
hamlet of Wye River, on the Otway Ranges coastline between Lorne and
Apollo Bay in SW Victoria.  Did almost no birding at all, but the house
is surrounded by open-forest of Mountain Grey Gum (Eucalyptus
cypellocarpa) which is flowering at the moment.  Quite a few honeyeaters
around during the day, and the odd Musk Lorikeet (rare-ish in the Otways
proper).  Butterflies were quite abundant around the blossoms - mostly
Imperial Whites but also a few Sword-grass Browns.  Yellow-bellied
Gliders chortling away at night.  Rufous Bristlebirds in the back yard.
Very pleasant indeed!  An abbreviated, incidental list follows ......

Anatidae             Ducks                                   

Pacific Black Duck                   Anas superciliosa

Sulidae              Boobies, Gannets                        

Australasian Gannet                  Morus serrator

Phalacrocoracidae    Cormorants                              

Black-faced Cormorant                Phalacrocorax fuscescens
Great Cormorant                      Phalacrocorax carbo

Ardeidae             Herons                                  

White-faced Heron                    Egretta novaehollandiae

Charadriidae         Plovers                                 

Masked Lapwing                       Vanellus miles

Laridae              Gulls                                   

Pacific Gull                         Larus pacificus
Silver Gull                          Larus novaehollandiae

Columbidae           Pigeons                                 

*Spotted Turtle-Dove                 Streptopelia chinensis

Cacatuidae           Cockatoos                               

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo         Calyptorhynchus funereus
Gang-gang Cockatoo                   Callocephalon fimbriatum
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo             Cacatua galerita

Loriidae             Lorikeets                               

Musk Lorikeet                        Glossopsitta concinna

Psittacidae          Parrots                                 

Australian King-Parrot               Alisterus scapularis
Crimson Rosella                      Platycercus elegans

Cuculidae            Old World Cuckoos                       

Fan-tailed Cuckoo                    Cacomantis flabelliformis

Strigidae            Typical Owls                            

Southern Boobook                     Ninox boobook

Halcyonidae          Halcyonid Kingfishers                   

Laughing Kookaburra                  Dacelo novaeguineae

Climacteridae        Australian Treecreepers                 

White-throated Treecreeper           Cormobates leucophaeus

Maluridae            Fairywrens                              

Superb Fairy-wren                    Malurus cyaneus

Pardalotidae         Pardalotes, allies                      

Spotted Pardalote                    Pardalotus punctatus

Acanthizidae         Thornbills                              

Rufous Bristlebird                   Dasyornis broadbenti
White-browed Scrubwren               Sericornis frontalis
Brown Thornbill                      Acanthiza pusilla
Striated Thornbill                   Acanthiza lineata

Meliphagidae         Honeyeaters                             

Red Wattlebird                       Anthochaera carunculata
Brush Wattlebird                     Anthochaera chrysoptera
Yellow-faced Honeyeater              Lichenostomus chrysops
White-eared Honeyeater               Lichenostomus leucotis
White-naped Honeyeater               Melithreptus lunatus
Crescent Honeyeater                  Phylidonyris pyrrhoptera
New Holland Honeyeater               Phylidonyris novaehollandiae
Eastern Spinebill                    Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris

Petroicidae          Australo-Papuan Robins                  

Rose Robin                           Petroica rosea
Eastern Yellow Robin                 Eopsaltria australis

Pachycephalidae      Whistlers                               

Golden Whistler                      Pachycephala pectoralis
Grey Shrike-thrush                   Colluricincla harmonica

Grallinidae          Magpie-larks                            

Magpie-lark                          Grallina cyanoleuca

Rhipiduridae         Fantails                                

Grey Fantail                         Rhipidura albiscarpa
Willie Wagtail                       Rhipidura leucophrys

Artamidae            Woodswallows                            

Dusky Woodswallow                    Artamus cyanopterus

Cracticidae          Butcherbirds                            

Australian Magpie                    Gymnorhina tibicen
Pied Currawong                       Strepera graculina
Grey Currawong                       Strepera versicolor

Corvidae             Crows                                   

Forest Raven                         Corvus tasmanicus

Ptilonorhynchidae    Bowerbirds                              

Satin Bowerbird                      Ptilonorhynchus violaceus

Passeridae           Sparrows                                

*House Sparrow                       Passer domesticus

Estrildidae          Grassfinches                            

Red-browed Finch                     Neochmia temporalis

Hirundinidae         Swallows                                

Welcome Swallow                      Hirundo neoxena
Tree Martin                          Hirundo nigricans

Zosteropidae         White-eyes                              

Silvereye                            Zosterops lateralis

Sturnidae            Starlings                               

*Common Starling                     Sturnus vulgaris

Petauridae           Gliders                                 

Yellow-bellied Glider                Petaurus australis
Sugar Glider                         Petaurus breviceps

Pseudocheiridae      Ringtail possums and Greater Glider     

Common Ringtail Possum               Pseudocheirus peregrinus

Molossidae           Freetail-bats                           

White-striped Freetail-bat           Nyctinomus australis

Myobatrachidae     Southern frogs                  

Eastern Smooth Frog                  Geocrinia victoriana

Scincidae            Skinks                                  

Cool-temperate Water-skink           Eulamprus tympanum

Pieridae             Whites and Yellows (butterflies)                 

Imperial White                       Delias harpalyce

Nymphalidae          Danaids, Browns and Nymphs (butterflies)

Common Brown                         Heteronympha merope
Sword-grass Brown                    Tisiphone abeona

61 species

Lawrie Conole
Senior Zoologist
Ecology Australia Pty. Ltd.
Flora and Fauna Consultants
88B Station Street
FAIRFIELD VIC 3078 Australia
ph: (03) 9489 4191;  mob: (0419) 588 993
fax: (03) 9481 7679

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