A great spot for Bristlebirds closer to Geelong is at Point Addis, just west of
Bells Beach and Torquay. They are easiest very early in the morning - try
around the walkway that goes from the carpark out onto the point itself.
Seabirds can be scoped from the point.
The forest to the eastern (Torquay) side - Ironbark Basin - is also worth
wandering through for all the usual great bush birds. There are Painted BQ,
Crested Shrike-tit, Varied Sitella and Grey Currawong here. Cuckoos should be
arriving now (some fantailed overwinter here). There is a mythological pair of
Powerful Owl in the basin - seen occasionally by people who live on the edge,
along Jarosite Road - but almost never by birders looking for them!
"Edwin Vella" <> on Mon, 12 Aug 2002 18:47:43 +1000 wrote:
> I will be heading down to Melbourne this weekend before attending a work
> conference the following Monday. I would certainly love to see again some
> birds which I have seen before but do not see in Sydney. Would anybody know
> of any places close to Melbourne or Geelong where I can see the following. I
> have not arranged any pass to Werribee but if anybody is heading that way
> over the weekend, could I tag along.
> Cape Barren Goose
> Black-faced Shag
> Blue-winged Parrots
> Orange-bellied Parrots
> Rufous Bristlebirds
> Hooded Plover
> Banded Stilts
> Fairy Terns
> Any rarities at the moment?
> I will spend the Saturday night close to Geelong.
> Thanks in advance.
> Edwin Vella
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