Trip report - South Gippsland - 27-28 Nov 2007

Subject: Trip report - South Gippsland - 27-28 Nov 2007
From: Peter Kyne <>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 19:34:17 +1000
Greetings again,

A brief report of 2 days birding in South Gippsland in Victoria this week, centred around Tarra-Bulga NP, Venus Bay, Cape Liptrap and Wilsons Prom. Sightings of note as follows:

- PILOTBIRD at the beginning of the Ash Track which starts at the Bulga carpark within the Tarra-Bulga NP. - SUPERB LYREBIRD in full song and display just across the footbridge from the Bulga carpark (its favourite mimicry subjects were Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos, Satin Bowerbird and Eastern Whipbird). Also a pair of GANG-GANG COCKATOOS at the carpark. - OLIVE WHISTLER breeding at the Walkerville Scenic Nature Walk on Cape Liptrap. - BRUSH BRONZEWING on the Cape Liptrap lighthouse road, followed by several sightings in the northern section of Wilsons Prom. - SOUTHERN EMU-WREN and BEAUTIFUL FIRETAIL in saltmarsh habitat off Lees Road in Venus Bay. Several LATHAM'S SNIPE were also present, while a female GANG-GANG did a fly-by.
- Nesting BASSIAN THRUSH in Venus Bay.
- As previously reported, BLUE-WINGED PARROT, TAWNY-CROWNED, CRESCENT, WHITE-EARED and YELLOW-TUFTED HONEYEATERS along Five Mile Road, northern heath, Wilsons Prom.
- 71 FRECKLED DUCK at Lake Guyatt, Sale.

I must say I have had the most amazing 2 weeks, from Leeton (Aust and Little Bitterns in one morning, and a most fun night of bird trivia), the Terricks Inland Dotterels etc., Ruff et al. at Werribee, the Mallee, Gippsland and everything in between). Many thanks to those who provided tips and advice. And a huge thanks to Chris Sanderson, for all his planning, organisation and trip execution.

Cheers, Pete Kyne

Peter M. Kyne

PhD Candidate
Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology
University of Queensland
St Lucia 4072 QLD
Ph: (07) 3365 2720 or 3365 2944
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