Birding highlights in sw Victoria recently

Subject: Birding highlights in sw Victoria recently
Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2002 12:19:01 +1000

G'day all

I had last week off work and spent some of the time birding.

Monday 27th May, forest below Mt. Sturgeon, southern Grampians:

Southern Emu-wrens.  A pair in their usual patch of stringybark and heath.  Not
calling but sitting on top of a tiny banksia in a light rain shower.

Tuesday 28th May, Portland district with Rob Farnes:

Rob found me a new bird - a Lewin's Rail in Fawthrop's Lagoon.  A brief but
clear view.  They are apparently regular here subject to tides and your
patience.  We searched the harbour for White-fronted Terns without success but
did see a Brush Bronzewing on the track to Point Danger and studied the bill
size, tail length and calls of a Forest Raven.  Both Forest and Little Ravens
were calling near Fawthrop's Lagoon.

Thursday 30th May, Nelson:

The boat ramp area near the store was empty of people so the birds were all
close.  Lots of Night Herons being very active and visible.  A Little Egret was
great to see so close.  About 20 Black-tailed Native-hens were on the grassy
clifftop across the river and there were a few in the carpark overlooking the
river mouth.  There were a pair of Beuatiful Firetails feeding on the grass near
this carpark also.  Best birds seen on the estaury walk were Australian Hobby,
Olive Whistler, Caspian Tern and a single Red-necked Avocet (apparently Avocets
are rarely reported from this part of the world).

Thursday 30th May, Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park (in SA a few km west of

A well known spot for Orange-bellied Parrots but none on this occasion.  I saw
one Blue-winged Parrot however, and good numbers of Double-banded Plovers on the
beach (with Red-necked Stints, Turnstones and Red-capped Plovers).


Steve Clark
Hamilton, Victoria

Steve Clark
Hamilton, Victoria, 3300

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