"Greg Oakley" <>
Mon, 24 Feb 2003 10:27:44 +1100
Went to Phillip Island over the weekend (non-birding) but did manage to
sneak in about 3 hours birding on Saturday.
Saw many of the island's specialties including Cape Barren Geese (at a very
dry Swan Lake); Kelp Gull, Sooty and Pied Oystercatcher, Little Penguin (at
The Nobbies which was very quiet) and Eastern Curlew and Bar-tailed Godwit
(at Observation Pt).
The Oswin Roberts bushland reserve had some good birds, especially Satin
Flycatcher, Crescent H/E and Brush Bronzewing.
There were more W/T Needletails than I have ever seen (everywhere over the
island in flocks of 10-30).
At one stage, one went screaming past me about 3 metres away - the noise (a
loud whoosh) is incredible.
And driving along the hwy, one was flying 20 or so metres in front of the
car - I was going 100kmh and not gaining on it - very fast birds!
All up about 65spp,
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