Trip report - Mt Worth (Victoria)

Subject: Trip report - Mt Worth (Victoria)
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 13:46:50 +1100
A brief summary of a weekend trip to the Mount Worth area in West 
Gippsland (Victoria).

Another good cycling and birding trip to this nice birding spot east of 
Melbourne.  Staying at 'Twitchers Cottage' not far from the Mt Worth 
summit we recorded 30+ species of birds around the house plus further 'wet 
forest' species in Mt Worth State Park itself.

Some birding highlights were as follows.

Brown Gerygone - further new location records (north of Mt Worth) for this 
species which has been extending its range west in Victoria since the 
Rose Robin - lots of Rose Robins heard calling in rainforest patches new 
the top of the Strzelecki Ranges south of Yarragon.
Large-billed Scrubwren - good views of foraging birds in the Mt Worth 
State Park Moonlight Creek trail.
Pilot Bird - heard upslope from rainforest gullies in the park
Satin Flycatcher - a full coloured female observed in low trees at our 
Wedge-tailed Eagle - a pair checking us out above McDonalds Track near the 
top of the ridge adjacent to Mt Worth.

Another highlight was sitting at an outside table near the house looking 
at Rose Robins, Crescent Honeyeaters and the female flycatcher ... while 
enjoying a hot cup of tea!

We can thoroughly recommend the area for birding and general scenery of 
tremendous views, remnant tall forest habitats and waterfalls ... best 
access is via Darnum on the Princes highway or Yarragon.  Both have good 
train services which we used before riding our bikes up the hills towards 
Mt Worth.

Martin O'Brien

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