Barham Ostriches, and others

To: John Tongue <>
Subject: Barham Ostriches, and others
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 22:26:23 +1000
Hi all (again),
I meant to include with the last posting that on the way back down LAshbrook 
road, we met and chatted to a local, who said the ostriches had been about for 
at least 15 years, and that last season he came upon a nest with 14 eggs.  When 
we said we'd counted 6 bird on the way up the road, he said, "oh well, there 
must be some down my laneway!" (didn't find out exactly how many there are!).  
We saw two around the yards/shed, another 4 half way back to the road (one very 
flighty one close to Lashbrook road, in canola), another adult female out in 
the canola, two more way off on the irrigation canal banks, and one back near 
main road - ie, we had at least 7 for the day.

John Tongue,
Ulverstone, Tas.

On 12/09/2011, at 8:36 PM, John Tongue wrote:

> Hi All,
> Thanks to everyone who helped with info regarding the "Barham Ostriches".  We 
> visited there this morning, stopping at a couple of spots on the way for 
> other birds.  Arrived at Lashbrook Road (25-26km from Barham along the Barham 
> Moam Rd) at about 10:00am.  Lashbrook Rd is right at the eastern end of the 
> roadworks/detour, at present - as some have said, there are few other 
> landmarks!  
> We only drove about 200m up Lashbrook Rd from the main road before we spotted 
> a big male a few hundred metres off to the east (right) side of the road, in 
> a paddock of young wheat.  While photographing it, we saw two other, quite 
> young birds, walking past behind.  Got some pics of them, too. 
> Drove further up the road, and at 2.3km along from the main road, there are 
> some stock yards, with a shed back in the distance.  There were three more 
> birds near it, one a huge male.
> We as far along Lashbrook Rd as we could before a gate, stopped and had a 
> cuppa, and searched the area for Chestnut-crowned Babblers, which Geoff 
> Leslie reported a few days ago.  Found lots of White-browed Babblers, but 
> sadly no Chestnut-crowneds among them.  Will have to hope for Gluepot the day 
> after tomorrow!!
> Headed back to Vic, and looked for Johnston's Swap, between Kerang and 
> Cohuna.  Very poor signage, though we eventually found Hird's Swamp.  Nice 
> lot of Black-talied NAtive Hens, White-winged Fairy-wrens, and numerous 
> others.
> Huge numbers of White-necked Herons everywhere!!
> Now in Ouyen, heading to Nowingi Track tomorrow, then on to Waikerie in SA, 
> for Gluepot the next day.
> Thanks again for everyone's help.
> John Tongue and family
> (normally) from Ulverstone, Tas.
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