Kooyoora State Park (central Victoria) - 20/09/03

Subject: Kooyoora State Park (central Victoria) - 20/09/03
From: Chris Tzaros <>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2003 11:26:08 +1000
Dear birders,

Briefly visited Kooyoora State Park on Saturday 20/09.  Was a glorious morning for birding - lots of sunshine, no wind.  I was actually on a photographic mission, capturing the flowering of the Wallowa Acacia calamifolia that forms such a beautiful golden understorey contrasting with the Red Ironbark and Yellow gum trunks.  An array of other plants were also flowering well, including numerous ground orchids (Waxlip, Golden Moth, Blue Caladenia, Leopard Orchid, several greenhoods). 

Was difficult to focus purely on photography with so much bird activity going on around me.  Among the highlights were:

- Swift Parrots (about 50 in total), at 3 locations (Kingower Forest, Aldridges Track in Kooyoora, Grassy Flat Track in Wehla Forest). Best views were of birds foraging low in Hill Red Gum, gleaning lerp from foliage.
- Southern Scrub Robin (male singing on dead branch above flowering wattles).  There is an isolated pop. of this species in the Wedderbun-Inglewood area, and where I saw the bird in Kingower Forest would probably be about the southern limit.  Usually seen in thick broombush mallee but this bird was in open ironbark forest, but with dense thickets of Wallowa.  Heard two others calling nearby.
-  Black-chinned Honeyeaters (seen and heard everywhere)
-  Several Little, Purple-crowned and Muck Lorikeets feeding in flowering White Box, seen from close quarters.
-  Western Gerygone, Rufous Whistler, Shining Bronze-cuckoo (summer migrants making their way down south.

The bush was very lively, almost as if there was never was a drought.  Pools of water lying about, lots of insects.  Species diversity was very high, reflecting the change of seasons (still winter migrants present, ie. swift parrots, yellow-faced honeyeaters, plus arrival of summer migrants).  Be a great spot for any twitchathon team to include in their route!



Chris Tzaros
Research and Conservation Officer
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