Birding NSW South Coast and NSW-Victorian Alpine Regions

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Subject: Birding NSW South Coast and NSW-Victorian Alpine Regions
From: "Dion Hobcroft" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 13:22:21 +1100

A few highlights from a recent family holiday included


Bawley Point north of Bateman’s Bay: 8-8.2.05: Two beachwashed Fluttering Shearwaters, one with a balloon string still wrapped around its wing-almost certainly the cause of death. No Hooded Plovers seen here but three Sooty Oystercatchers.


Bega River mouth near Tathra: 11.2.05 Single Fairy Tern adult moulting to basic with 22 Little Terns including 7 juv. Also single Eastern Curlew, one juv Double-banded Plover and 3 Red-necked Stints. In a nearby forest reserve at Kianinny there were 20 White-headed Pigeons.


Eden Wharf 11.2.05: Two Black-faced Cormorants on floating pontoon 100 metres beyond main trawler wharf.


Thredbo: Gang Gang Cockatoo and (2) Flame Robins. There was a road-killed male Yellow-bellied Glider on the highway near Power Station turn off No. 1, Khancoban.


Mount Hotham: 13-14.2.05: Best highlight of the trip was spotlighting a Mountain Pygmy Possum on two occasions but could only notch up 13 bird species here in a day and a half.


Mount Baw Baw: 15.2.05: Olive Whistler (1), Flame Robin (10)-the most encountered on the entire trip.


Yellingbo Nature Reserve: 16-17.2.05: Bassian Thrush (1), Rufous Fantail (2) and Red-browed Treecreeper (2)


Marysville: 17-18.2.05: While spotlighting unsuccessfully for Leadbeater’s Possum over two nights had a close encounter with a pair of Masked Owls on the evening of 18.2.05. Also present in the forests were Gang Gangs, Red-browed Treecreeper and a Brush Bronzewing.


Chiltern National Park: 19.2.05: Turquoise Parrot (4), White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (adult and juv.), juv. Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo, Rufous Songlark (1) and several Black-chinned Honeyeaters and a Koala. No luck with Grey-crowned Babblers or Hooded Robins.


It was a very enjoyable holiday with good wildflowers, butterflies and quite an excellent diversity of reptiles and native mammals and very few people to share it with.


Happy birding



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