Brief trip report, Mount Buller, Victorian Alps.

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Subject: Brief trip report, Mount Buller, Victorian Alps.
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Fri, 14 May 2004 13:13:21 +1000
Hi birders

Because I've seen very few trip reports on this list over the years from alpine areas (or subalpine!), I feel obliged to submit a brief report from a brief visit.

This time to Mount Buller on the very western edge of what can be considered alpine/subalpine in Victoria - just up the hill from Mansfield. I spent a couple of days stumbling about on a south facing hillside below the peak of Buller - mostly on ski runs with remnant herbfield, heath and blockstream habitats - bordered by relatively intact subalpine woodland, heath and blockstream. All at or about 1,600m altitude.

Remarkably quiet most of the time, but with occasional Pilotbird serenades, and these species (below) being relatively prominent.

Crimson Rosella                      Platycercus elegans
Laughing Kookaburra                  Dacelo novaeguineae
Superb Lyrebird                      Menura novaehollandiae
White-throated Treecreeper           Cormobates leucophaeus
Spotted Pardalote                    Pardalotus punctatus
Pilotbird                            Pycnoptilus floccosus
Brown Thornbill                      Acanthiza pusilla
Striated Thornbill                   Acanthiza lineata
Yellow-faced Honeyeater              Lichenostomus chrysops
White-eared Honeyeater               Lichenostomus leucotis
White-naped Honeyeater               Melithreptus lunatus
Eastern Spinebill                    Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris
Flame Robin                          Petroica phoenicea
Grey Shrike-thrush                   Colluricincla harmonica
Grey Fantail                         Rhipidura albiscapa
Australian Magpie                    Gymnorhina tibicen
Pied Currawong                       Strepera graculina
Grey Currawong                       Strepera versicolor
Little Raven                         Corvus mellori
Australian Pipit                     Anthus australis
Silvereye                            Zosterops lateralis
*Common Starling                     Sturnus vulgaris
Common Wombat                        Vombatus ursinus
*Fox                                 Vulpes vulpes
*Brown Hare                          Lepus capensis

Lawrie Conole
Senior Ecologist
Ornithology & Terrestrial Ecology

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