stuart dashper <>
Wed, 30 Apr 2003 21:18:02 +1000
Had the good fortune to spend some of the Easter/Anzac Day break in far
east Gippsland (Victoria), east of Mallacoota. This was part of a Field
naturalists club outing that ran for the entire week. I only managed a four
day trip from Tuesday to Friday.
Both Angophora and Coastal Banksia were in flower bringing in large numbers
of Honeyeaters and Lorikeets into the area.
Highlights for me were;
Ground Parrot, good views of a single bird, but up to five were recorded by
other members of the group;
Azure Kingfisher on the creek mouths of the Inlet;
Pilotbird, in rainforest gullies;
Noisy Friarbird a few amongst the hoards of Red and Brush Wattlebirds, New
Holland Honeyeaters and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters;
Diamond Firetail one bird near Howe Flat and another at Mallacoota aerodrome;
Chestnut-rumped Hylacola (at Mallacoota aerodrome);
close up views of Southern Emu-wren and a Sooty Owl called in by John
Harris, close enough to hear it breathing but we still couldn't see it in
the dense vegetation. Jacky Winters were common on the edges of paddocks
and Bassian Thrushes were also feeding out in the open on the edges of the
paddocks. Feathertail Gliders were seen on two nights of spotlighting.
Lowlight was missing Glossy Black Cockatoos that were seen by others in the
group. Full list below.
Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Eastern Yellow Robin
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