Birding around Cohuna (North/central Vic) (Bush stone curlew and Painted

Subject: Birding around Cohuna (North/central Vic) (Bush stone curlew and Painted HE)
From: john boyce <>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2003 14:38:19 +1100
Hi everyone,
spent a great day birding around the Cohuna area (north central
Victoria) on Friday (21st of Nov). I met Simon Starr (a local) and he
showed me around some of his favorite spots. I was especially interested
in seeing some birds I don't usually encounter in southern Vic including
Western Gerygone, Dollarbird, Spotted Harrier, White-backed Swallow,
both Friarbirds, Southern Whiteface, Grey-crowned Babbler, Blue-faced
HE, Pied Buthcherbird and Budgerigar. In about 5 hrs around Cohuna and
Gunbower Island we got all of the above except for the Grey-crowned
Babbler and Budgies (although the Noisy Friarbird and Western Gerygone
were call only records). I will try for the Grey-crowned Babbler and
Budgies again this Friday. 
Actually the best sightings for the day came on my way home through the
Terrick Terrick NP and surrounds. First I heard 1 or 2 Painted
Honeyeaters in Terrick Terrick near the Mologa turnoff and then near
Mologa I found 2 Bush stone Curlews in a ploughed paddock on the south
side of the Mologa Terrick Terrick road about 500 m east of Mologa. This
was my first sight record of these gorgeous birds in Victoria and only
my second Painted HE record. Also got stunning views of a Spotted
Harrier north of Terrick Terrick on Timms Lake Road and near Timms Lake
found Rainbow Bee-eaters, Cockatiel and the White-backed Swallows.
I was also interested to see Brush Bronzewing and Common Bronzewing
within a 100 metres of each other in Kamarooka SP north of Bendigo. All
in all a great day with good diversity (about 106 species). Also got 10
raptor species for the day which may well be my best ever.

Full list

Brown Quail
Black Swan
Aus Shelduck
Aus Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Grey Teal
Pied Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Aus Pelican
White-faced Heron
White-necked Heron
Great Egret
Nankeen Night Heron
Aus White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Black-shouldered Kite
Black Kite
Whistling Kite
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Spotted Harrier
Swamp Harrier
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Little Eagle
Brown Falcon
Nankeen Kestrel
Purple Swamphen
Dusky Moorhen
Black-tailed Native Hen
Eurasian Coot
Marsh Sandpiper
Bush Stone-curlew
Black-winged Stilt
Black-fronted Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel
Masked Lapwing
Silver Gull
Caspian Tern
Whiskered Tern
Rock Dove
Spotted Turtledove
Common Bronzewing
Brush Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Long-billed Corella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Musk Lorikeet
Crimson Rosella (Yellow form)
Eastern Rosella
Red-rumped Parrot
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Laughing Kookaburra
Sacred Kingfisher
Rainbow Bee-eater
White-throated Treecreeper
Brown Treecreeper
Superb Fairy wren
Striated Pardalote
Western Gerygone
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill
Southern Whiteface
Red Wattlebird
Noisy Friarbird
Little Friarbird
Blue-faced HE
Noisy Miner
Singing HE
White-plumed HE
Black-chinned HE
Brown-headed HE
Painted HE
Jacky Winter
White-browed Babbler
Gilbert's Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Grey Shrike thrush
Grey Fantail
Willie Wagtail
Black-faced Cuckoo shrike
Olive-backed Oriole
White-breasted Woodswallow
Pied Butcherbird
Aus Magpie
Aus Raven
White-winged Chough
Richard's Pipit
House Sparrow
White-backed Swallow
Welcome Swallow
Fairy Martin
Clamorous Reed Warbler
Little Grassbird
Rufous Songlark
Brown Songlark
Common Blackbird
Common Starling
Common Myna
Yellow-tufted HE

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