Kinglake Nat Park

Subject: Kinglake Nat Park
From: "Tim Bawden" <>
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2004 23:50:46 +0000
Hi all

After dropping my sister at the airport at some ungodly hour on Sunday morning 
i decided to visit a patch of green in the Melways that I hadnt visisted before 
so I went to Kinglake National Park (Just North to North east of Melbourne). 
Having done no research I drove into Kinglake township then followed a sign to 
Jehosophat Gully. Wandered for about an hour and a half down the trail which 
was quite pleasant. Saw 22 species in all including a few very interesting ones 
for me. My first red-browed treecreepers after looking a number of times for 
them over the past few years, on the drier sides of the spur there were plenty 
of white-throated and upon moving to the wetter side there were a couple of 
red-browed. Also saw a number of large-billed scrubwrens, this being the 
closest to Melbourne I have seen them. Also of interest were pairs of Scarlet 
Robin and Crescent Honeyeater as well as more usual bushland suspects. There 
were fresh lyrebird scracthings everywhere though i did not see any and if they 
were around they were not vocal.

Drove back the long way through Toolangi, Healesville, Worri Yallock, Gembrook 
and Roweville stopping at a number of places along the way. At Woori Yallock 
there were a large number of cattle egrets including some in breeding plumage.

Finished the day with a couple of hours at Edithvale birdhide which had 
shovellers, hardheads and blue-billed ducks all showing well at the front of 
the hide. No migratory waders apparent as yet.

Good days birding and a new bird!

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