|Subject:||Trip Report : Wyperfeld/Hattah, Vic - Spring 2003 (Long)|
|Date:||Mon, 6 Oct 2003 11:35:58 +1000|
Inspired by Tim Dobly's trip report to Wyperfeld, i spent the weekend around the Causarina Campground and surrounding area in my first birding trip to the Mallee. The area was buzzing with activity at day and night, and the vegetation was very impressive. On arriving at about 11pm on Friday night, Southern Boobook calls could be heard everywhere. We went spotlighting over the ridge to the east of the campground and flushed probably 15 Southern Boobooks. A possum was also seen.
During the day, the weather consisted of patchy clouds, but once the clouds cleared, the sun was fierce! (if your planning a trip to the Mallee, do it sooner rather than later.) I'll definently be getting back up that way during October, since we didn't have the time to go hunting emu-wren, redthroat, shy hylacola etc.
50-60 species were seen in the northern section of Wyperfeld. Which personally included about 20 ticks.
Ticks included Inland, Yellow and Buff-rumped Thornbill, (#Yellow Rumped Pardolote), Spotted Harrier, Crimson Chat, White Winged Triller, Rufous Songlark, Yellow Plumed, White Fronted and Striped Honeyeater, Mulga Parrot, Regent Parrot, Blue Bonnet, Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Southern Bobook, Masked and Black Faced Woodswallow and Superb Fairy Wren.
** Below are a few additional notes to Tim's initial email:
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