|Subject:||Part 2. Trip Report - Phillip Island - Melbourne - Alpine Region - Albury - Sydney 3/01/09 - 12/01/09|
|Date:||Fri, 23 Jan 2009 16:00:34 +0900|
Day 9. 3/01/09 Foster – Ventnor,
Leaving Foster we headed south for
We then drove along the coast to Inverloch, but on the way we went to Bald Hills Nature Reserve where we ran into a bit of trouble.
Mum and I walked to the birdhide where we saw Brown Falcon, Shelduck and heard a Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, but on the way back we were stopped in our tracks by an ominous and quite scary snorting and growling just ahead of us. At first Mum asked wether it could be a cow, but then the noise turned into a sort of squealing snorting and we decided it was most likely a Wild Boar. So we began to make our way through some low bushes away from the path. A minute or so in we could see the shelter which marked the start of the walk. As we saw it the squealing sound got louder and the bushes started rustling behind us so we ran for it. We sprinted out of the bushes and reached the car to the bewilderment of my Dad and brother...
After that we drove past Inverloch and eventually reached
Before the end of the day we went to
Day 10. 4/01/09 Ventnor,
On Sunday we went to
Later in the day Mum, Elliot and I went to Rhyll Inlet. There were a good number of large waders on the mudflats and I saw the following: Common Greenshank 10+, Bar-tailed Godwit 50+, Eastern Curlew 8+, Whimbrel 2+, Red Knot 20+, Sooty Oystercatcher 1, Pied Oystercatcher and a pale morph Brown Falcon.
As everyone has to do we did the
After we had our fair share of Little Penguins we went to
Day 11. 5/01/09 Ventnor,
Today was a non-birding day, but we packed up and headed for
Day 12. 6/01/09 Best Western, Melbourne CBD
Another non-birding day was spent exploring
Day 13. 7/01/09 Best Western, Melbourne CBD
Wednesday was not a non-birding day… Today Bill Ramsay very kindly offered to show me around the Western Treatment Plant, as long as I opened all the gates!
We ended up getting 83 species for the day, 9 of which were lifers for me! The best birds for the day would have to have been: a nice Brown Quail that sat right next to the car (Lifer, got great views), Pink-eared Duck (Lifer), male Blue-billed Ducks, Great-crested Grebe (Lifer, 3 on Little River), Baillon’s and Spotted Crakes, 6 Marsh Sandpipers, 2 Banded Lapwings (Lifer), about 15 NB White-winged Black Terns (Lifer), 1 Striated Fieldwren (Lifer) and European Greenfinch (Lifer).
On the way back to Bill’s place we stopped in at Chadstone Flower Power! This was for Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Lifer) and we found 3 of them in the car park almost straight away!
Day 14. 8/01/09 Best Western, Melbourne CBD – Bindaree Flat, Alpine NP (well, close enough)
On Thursday we farewelled Melbourne and Bill and Shirley after picking up the roof rack and tent at their place on the way. We didn’t really know where we were staying that night, but basically we were heading for Craig’s Hut near Mt Buller.
We drove through Eildon, Howqua and some of the Alpine NP, but didn’t make it to Craig’s Hut. We stopped not far from it though at Bindaree Flat on the
Day 15. 9/01/09 Bindaree Flat, Alpine NP – Splitters Creek, Albury
It had been a very cold night and we awoke to frozen dish clothes and frost covering just about everything! But we managed to thaw the tent and we headed for Splitters Creek, 10km west of Albury.
On the way we stopped at Craig’s Hut and between it and
Arriving at Splitters Creek and most of the nice usual birds were there to greet us: Red-capped Robin, Little Friarbird, Weebill, Brown Treecreeper and Peaceful Dove.
Day 16. 10/01/09 Splitters Creek, Albury
Saturday saw us relaxing with friends and me seeking out more of the Splitters Creek birds, such as:
Day 17. 11/01/09 Splitters Creek, Albury
On Sunday Mum was kind enough to drive me down to Chiltern for an hour or two. We decided to just stay at Bartley’s Block and saw most of the old favourites: Red-capped Robin, Yellow-tufted HE, Brown-headed HE, Black-chinned HE, Fuscous HE, White-browed Babbler and
Day 18. 12/01/09 Splitters Creek, Albury – Sydney
Day 18 of our trip was that inevitable day – we had to go home. We said our goodbyes, but not without picking up Double-barred Finch, White-bellied Cuckoo Shrike and Jacky Winter first.
Nothing special on the way home and we got back at about 5:30pm.
All in all a fantastic trip and about 225 species and 25 lifers picked up along the way.
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