Wonthaggi and Phillip Island

Subject: Wonthaggi and Phillip Island
From: stuart dashper <>
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 13:44:41 +1100

Dear All,

Visited Wonthaggi Heathlands and Phillip Island (south central Victoria, ~120 km south east of Melbourne)early last week. The Wonthaggi Heathlands are a reserve of approximately 800 Ha directly behind sand dunes on the coast. Unfortunately little is left of this vegetation in this area. The weather was very average but birding was quite reasonable. Highlight was a Magpie Goose on Baxter's Wetland just to the north of the Heathlands, along with Blue-billed Duck, Hardhead and Hoary-headed Grebe amongst others. Within the Heathlands Beautiful Firetail and recent signs of Emus were worthy of note. Phillip Island was also productive, although a decent scope would have been useful at Observation Point. Highlights from the Island were Cape Barren Goose, a Swamp Harrier feasting on a dead Shearwater, Hooded Plover and a lone Kelp Gull amongst the Pacifics (I thought Kelp Gull was supposed to be increasing in Victoria?). Masked Lapwings and Silvereyes seemed to be overabundant on Phillip Island as did Rabbits. Full list below.

Stuart Dashper

Emu (Scats)                          Dromaius novaehollandiae
Little Penguin                       Eudyptula minor
Hoary-headed Grebe                   Poliocephalus poliocephalus
Australian Pelican                   Pelecanus conspicillatus
Australasian Gannet                  Morus serrator
Little Black Cormorant               Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
Pied Cormorant                       Phalacrocorax varius
Black-faced Cormorant                Phalacrocorax fuscescens
Little Pied Cormorant                Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
Great Egret                          Ardea alba
White-faced Heron                    Egretta novaehollandiae
Australian White Ibis                Threskiornis molucca
Straw-necked Ibis                    Threskiornis spinicollis
Royal Spoonbill                      Platalea regia
Magpie Goose                         Anseranas semipalmata
Black Swan                           Cygnus atratus
Cape Barren Goose                    Cereopsis novaehollandiae
Australian Shelduck                  Tadorna tadornoides
Chestnut Teal                        Anas castanea
Pacific Black Duck                   Anas superciliosa
Hardhead                             Aythya australis
Blue-billed Duck                     Oxyura australis
Swamp Harrier                        Circus approximans
Brown Goshawk                        Accipiter fasciatus
Australian Hobby                     Falco longipennis
Brown Falcon                         Falco berigora
Purple Swamphen                      Porphyrio porphyrio
Pied Oystercatcher                   Haematopus longirostris
Black-winged Stilt                   Himantopus leucocephalus
Masked Lapwing                       Vanellus miles
Red-capped Plover                    Charadrius ruficapillus
Hooded Plover                        Thinornis rubricollis
Whimbrel                             Numenius phaeopus
Eastern Curlew                       Numenius madagascariensis
Red-necked Stint                     Calidris ruficollis
Pacific Gull                         Larus pacificus
Kelp Gull                            Larus dominicanus
Silver Gull                          Larus novaehollandiae
Caspian Tern                         Sterna caspia
Crested Tern                         Sterna bergii
Rock Dove                            Columba livia
Spotted Turtle-Dove                  Streptopelia chinensis
Brush Bronzewing                     Phaps elegans
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo         Calyptorhynchus funereus
Gang-gang Cockatoo                   Callocephalon fimbriatum
Galah                                Cacatua roseicapilla
Long-billed Corella                  Cacatua tenuirostris
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo             Cacatua galerita
Crimson Rosella                      Platycercus elegans
Eastern Rosella                      Platycercus eximius
Blue-winged Parrot                   Neophema chrysostoma
Rainbow Lorikeet                     Trichoglossus haematodus
Fan-tailed Cuckoo                    Cacomantis flabelliformis
Laughing Kookaburra                  Dacelo novaeguineae
Welcome Swallow                      Hirundo neoxena
Fairy Martin                         Hirundo ariel
Common Blackbird                     Turdus merula
Willie Wagtail                       Rhipidura leucophrys
Grey Fantail                         Rhipidura fuliginosa
Rufous Fantail                       Rhipidura rufifrons
Scarlet Robin                        Petroica multicolor
Rose Robin                           Petroica rosea
Eastern Yellow Robin                 Eopsaltria australis
Olive Whistler                       Pachycephala olivacea
Golden Whistler                      Pachycephala pectoralis
Grey Shrike-thrush                   Colluricincla harmonica
Superb Fairy-wren                    Malurus cyaneus
Southern Emu-wren                    Stipiturus malachurus
White-browed Scrubwren               Sericornis frontalis
Brown Thornbill                      Acanthiza pusilla
Yellow-rumped Thornbill              Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
Weebill                              Smicrornis brevirostris
White-throated Treecreeper           Cormobates leucophaeus
Spotted Pardalote                    Pardalotus punctatus
Striated Pardalote                   Pardalotus striatus
Silvereye                            Zosterops lateralis
Yellow-faced Honeyeater              Lichenostomus chrysops
Singing Honeyeater                   Lichenostomus virescens
White-eared Honeyeater               Lichenostomus leucotis
White-naped Honeyeater               Melithreptus lunatus
Brown-headed Honeyeater              Melithreptus brevirostris
Crescent Honeyeater                  Phylidonyris pyrrhoptera
New Holland Honeyeater               Phylidonyris novaehollandiae
Brush Wattlebird                     Anthochaera chrysoptera
Red Wattlebird                       Anthochaera carunculata
Magpie-lark                          Grallina cyanoleuca
Dusky Woodswallow                    Artamus cyanopterus
Grey Butcherbird                     Cracticus torquatus
Australian Magpie                    Gymnorhina tibicen
Australian Raven                     Corvus coronoides
Little Raven                         Corvus mellori
Forest Raven                         Corvus tasmanicus
Common Myna                          Acridotheres tristis
Common Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
House Sparrow                        Passer domesticus
Beautiful Firetail                   Stagonopleura bella
European Greenfinch                  Carduelis chloris
European Goldfinch                   Carduelis carduelis
98 Species

Short-beaked Echidna                 Tachyglossus aculeatus
Common Wombat (Scats)                Vombatus ursinus
Common Brushtail Possum              Trichosurus vulpecula
Swamp Wallaby                        Wallabia bicolor
Australo-African Fur-seal            Arctocephalus pusillus
Rabbit                               Oryctolagus cuniculus
Eastern Banjo Frog                   Limnodynastes dumerilii
Eastern Blue-tongued Lizard          Tiliqua scincoides

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