Birdline Victoria Update No.
For the week ending: 3 August, 2003
I have been remiss over the past few months in recognising the
contributors to Birdline Victoria. A quick catch up count has revealed
that there are a number of people whose commitment to the service and generosity
with their time means that they should also be Star Contributors. So my
thanks go to:
- John Alexander for reports from his home near Newstead and across central
- Len Axen for reports from far East Gippsland; Bairnsdale to
- Peter Fuller for reports around the Geelong region.
- Micah Kawalek for reports across the state, especially northern
- Michael Mules who reports from everywhere, from south Gippsland to
- Greg Oakley for reports largely around Melbourne, but also further a
- Simon Starr for reports of all sorts of exotics from the north of the
state, especially Pyramid Hill.
There were a pair of
Southern Emu Wrens, with more heard calling, in the Eumeralla
Flora Reserve near Anglesea, thanks Matthew Fraser per Duncan Fraser.
Bronze-cuckoo was perched on a powerline near Lake Road at Connewarre
near Geelong, thanks Peter Fuller.
There was a Noisy
Friarbird near Rheola in north central Victoria (36/143) well outside
its established range, thanks Sue Taylor.
At least three
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos feeding in low trees/shrubs in a
revegetated area about 20 metres downstream of the St Georges Road bridge, North
Fitzroy, thanks Paul Peake.
There was a Barn
Owl in the bird-hide at the Western Treatment Plant, Werribee, thanks
At Jack Smith Lake, >10
Striated Fieldwrens, >100 English skylarks,
3 Wedge-tailed Eagles, and 1 White-bellied Sea
Eagle, thanks Duncan Fraser.
In the pines on the Giffard Rd.
south of Sale, a flock of over 75 Yellow-tailed Black
Cockatoos, thanks Duncan Fraser
There was a male Rose
Robin in the trees along the walking path on the eastern side of the
Barwon River at the Queens Park Rd end of Zillah Crawcour Park (Melways map 227,
E2, thanks Richard Nowotny.
There was an exceptionally large
flock of 23 Flame Robins, with a single Pink
Robin in the middle of them near Geelong Grammar School, at the
northern end of Biddlecombe Avenue, a few hundred metres from the Corio Tip,
thanks Don Greaves per Russell Woodford.
Bittern was seen standing in the open on the southern side of the road
at Balls Dam, just out of Colac, thanks Ian Davies.
There were 2
Brolgas in a paddock close to the Willowmavin/Kilmore Rd at
Willowmavin. They were tossing
clods of dirt around, thanks Jenni Staniforth.
A returning Fan-tailed
Cuckoo was seen and heard at the golf course at Point Lonsdale, thanks
A pair of
Brolgas were seen at the Austin Road Lagoons in the Western
Treatment Plant, Werribee, Thanks Peter Fuller.
Lake Victoria, Point Lonsdale there were 5 Hooded Plovers, 2 of
which were juveniles, an Australian Spotted Crake and a
Buff-banded Rail, thanks Ron Corinaldi.
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