Vague trip report - Wye River, Otway Ranges, SW Victoria

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Subject: Vague trip report - Wye River, Otway Ranges, SW Victoria
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2002 15:42:05 +1100
Just back from 9 days lounging about at Wye River, between Lorne and
Apollo Bay on the Otway coastline of SW Victoria.  A very leisurely time
was had by all, and some of these bird records were made whilst boogie
boarding daily in the excellent surf!  Almost no serious birding took
place, but the King Parrots, Crimson Rosellas and Sulphur-crested
Cockatoos were rather self-serve.  Rufous Bristlebirds serenaded us from
the back yard each morning and afternoon - as did Yellow-bellied Gliders
and Koalas by night.

Most interesting other records by my estimation were:

Black-tailed Native-hen - one bird in the park next to the swings and
see-saws; chasing and being chased by a Buff-banded Rail; probably the
most southerly BTNH I've ever seen.

Rainbow Lorikeet - not many other records down this way.

Spotted Turtle-Dove - still rare in Wye River (1-2 birds); not sure how
much longer that'll last.

Grey (White) Goshawk - always good value to see these ...

Grey Shrike-thrush - surprisingly UNcommon around Wye River.

Koala - plague proportions in the Wye-Kennett River hinterland.

Australian Wood Duck                 Chenonetta jubata
Pacific Black Duck                   Anas superciliosa
Australasian Gannet                  Morus serrator
Little Pied Cormorant                Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
Great Cormorant                      Phalacrocorax carbo
White-faced Heron                    Egretta novaehollandiae
Black-shouldered Kite                Elanus axillaris
Grey Goshawk                         Accipiter novaehollandiae
Buff-banded Rail                     Gallirallus philippensis
Black-tailed Native-hen              Gallinula ventralis
Masked Lapwing                       Vanellus miles
Pacific Gull                         Larus pacificus
Silver Gull                          Larus novaehollandiae
Caspian Tern                         Sterna caspia
Crested Tern                         Sterna bergii
*Rock Dove                           Columba livia
*Spotted Turtle-Dove                 Streptopelia chinensis
Brush Bronzewing                     Phaps elegans
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo         Calyptorhynchus funereus
Gang-gang Cockatoo                   Callocephalon fimbriatum
Galah                                Cacatua roseicapilla
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo             Cacatua galerita
Rainbow Lorikeet                     Trichoglossus haematodus
Australian King-Parrot               Alisterus scapularis
Crimson Rosella                      Platycercus elegans
Blue-winged Parrot                   Neophema chrysostoma
Fan-tailed Cuckoo                    Cacomantis flabelliformis
Southern Boobook                     Ninox boobook
Tawny Frogmouth                      Podargus strigoides
Australian Owlet-nightjar            Aegotheles cristatus
Laughing Kookaburra                  Dacelo novaeguineae
White-throated Treecreeper           Cormobates leucophaeus
Superb Fairy-wren                    Malurus cyaneus
Spotted Pardalote                    Pardalotus punctatus
Striated Pardalote                   Pardalotus striatus
Rufous Bristlebird                   Dasyornis broadbenti
White-browed Scrubwren               Sericornis frontalis
Brown Thornbill                      Acanthiza pusilla
Striated Thornbill                   Acanthiza lineata
Red Wattlebird                       Anthochaera carunculata
Brush Wattlebird                     Anthochaera chrysoptera
Yellow-faced Honeyeater              Lichenostomus chrysops
White-eared Honeyeater               Lichenostomus leucotis
Brown-headed Honeyeater              Melithreptus brevirostris
White-naped Honeyeater               Melithreptus lunatus
Crescent Honeyeater                  Phylidonyris pyrrhoptera
New Holland Honeyeater               Phylidonyris novaehollandiae
Eastern Spinebill                    Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris
Rose Robin                           Petroica rosea
Eastern Yellow Robin                 Eopsaltria australis
Olive Whistler                       Pachycephala olivacea
Golden Whistler                      Pachycephala pectoralis
Grey Shrike-thrush                   Colluricincla harmonica
Magpie-lark                          Grallina cyanoleuca
Rufous Fantail                       Rhipidura rufifrons
Grey Fantail                         Rhipidura albiscapa
Willie Wagtail                       Rhipidura leucophrys
Australian Magpie                    Gymnorhina tibicen
Pied Currawong                       Strepera graculina
Grey Currawong                       Strepera versicolor
Forest Raven                         Corvus tasmanicus
Little Raven                         Corvus mellori
Satin Bowerbird                      Ptilonorhynchus violaceus
*House Sparrow                       Passer domesticus
Red-browed Finch                     Neochmia temporalis
*European Goldfinch                  Carduelis carduelis
Mistletoebird                        Dicaeum hirundinaceum
Welcome Swallow                      Hirundo neoxena
Tree Martin                          Hirundo nigricans
Silvereye                            Zosterops lateralis
Bassian Thrush                       Zoothera lunulata
*Common Blackbird                    Turdus merula
*Common Starling                     Sturnus vulgaris

Short-beaked Echidna                 Tachyglossus aculeatus
Koala                                Phascolarctos cinereus
Yellow-bellied Glider                Petaurus australis
Sugar Glider                         Petaurus breviceps
Common Brushtail Possum              Trichosurus vulpecula
Red-necked Wallaby                   Macropus rufogriseus
Swamp Wallaby                        Wallabia bicolor
Gould's Wattled Bat                  Chalinolobus gouldii
Eastern False Pipistrelle            Falsistrellus tasmaniensis
Large Forest Bat                     Vespadelus darlingtoni
*Fox                                 Vulpes vulpes

Brown Tree Frog                      Litoria ewingii
Cool-temperate Water-skink           Eulamprus tympanum
Eastern Tiger Snake                  Notechis scutatus

Common Grass-Blue                    Zizina labradas
Common Brown                         Heteronympha merope
Imperial White                       Delias harpalyce

91 species

Lawrie Conole
Senior Ecologist
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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