Mallacoota and NSW south coast end March

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Subject: Mallacoota and NSW south coast end March
From: "Irene" <>
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2004 16:00:45 +1000
Hi all

End of March did a short trip to Mallacoota for friends' 40th wedding 
anniversary, returning via the coast.  After very
little rain for over 6 months, lots of purposeful burning off around Mallacoota 
is going on, which appears to have impacted
on bird movements and sending at least some of them into town.  A small number 
of eucalypts are in flower.  A small but
welcome amount of rain on the night of 29 March.

A few birding highlights:

**  Superb Lyrebirds right in town now (eg in the bush above Develings Lagoon) 
- so nice and easy to see.
**  Ditto Eastern Whipbirds, even in people's gardens, giving great views.
**  Eastern Yellow Robins and Wonga Pigeons - lots of them everywhere, both in 
town and in the bush (eg Double Creek).
**  Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters - several around the airport, again giving great 
views as they perched on fences and ran around
on the ground (so strange for a honeyeater to be on the ground, and reminds me 
of the Roadrunner of cartoon fame).
**  White-naped Honeyeater (with red over eye) and Azure Kingfisher at Develing 

**  Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers were welcome sights at Mallacoota, Burrill 
Lake, Bithry Inlet
**  Azure Kingfisher at Murrah River, south of Bermagui.  A bit of a surprise 
to me considering the river level was so low,
but I guess a lot of areas are relatively dry and the birds have to take what 
they can get.
**  Very brightly yellow Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters at Wonboyn River
**  Bar-tailed Godwits happily foraging on the sandbars at Merimbula
**  Jacky Winter at Miners Track at Mallacoota, and Murrah River

**  A gazillion Eastern Grey Kangaroos on the Mallacoota golf course.  The 
"few" you see during the day become hundreds at
night.  The relevant authorities are currently disallowing any culling.
**  Mainland Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus) at Mallacoota gun club reared up 
at little before taking off into the scrub.
**  Very dark Swamp Wallabies (Wallabia bicolor) on the track to Shipwreck 

Also enjoyed some time identifying plants, and it was nice to find Tylophora 
barbata in flower - this is a vine with a flower
a little like a hoya.

Cheers and Happy Times with Nature

Irene Denton
Concord West, 12 km from Sydney city, NSW Australia
S 33°50.278'  E 151°05.406'

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