Mallacoota visit

To: Jenny Leith <>
Subject: Mallacoota visit
From: Janine Duffy <>
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2018 08:04:11 +1000
Hey Jenny

I was just there and it is fantastic for photography right now! The winter light is so sparkly, you'll love it.

I agree with everything Martin has said. You don't have to go far from town for great sightings - the Sweet Pittosporums are in heavy fruit right now at Develins Inlet near the main street and being gobbled by Satin Bowerbirds, King Parrots, Pied Currawongs and Silvereyes. Superb Lyrebirds are showy and relaxed. Bassian Thrushes are easy to find everywhere.

Karbeethong in the morning is spectacular - if you're staying there you'll see 25 species over breakfast, including White-headed Pigeons.

I can recommend The Narrows walk, that starts at Lakeside Drive Karbeethong, first thing in the morning.

Captain John Gerard's cruise is a must do for photographers - you won't get better opportunities for White-bellied Sea-eagle, Azure Kingfisher and sometimes Wedge-tailed Eagle.

Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters are still at the airport.

Good luck and enjoy, and if you're on Facebook please feel welcome to join Mallacoota Birds for updates, and to share your pics.

Best, Janine

On 6 June 2018 05:50:11 Martin Butterfield <> wrote:


I visit Mallacoota quite often and do a fair bit of birding there but I
have no idea if or when I'll be going in July.

To give a detailed answer, key questions are:

  - What sort of birds do you want to photograph? and
  - What sort of camera do you have?

Basically anywhere at Mallacoota is good for birds!  You can find the
following places as hotspots on eBird and the numbers refer to spots in the
attached mud map..

  - For ducks the best place by far is the *Recycled water plant* *1* off
  Watertrust Road.  NB walk in from the road: the gate may be open but gets
  locked when the workers leave.
  - At the end of *Watertrust Road 2* is a locked gate: there's a nice
  little wetland there which could be good with more patience than I have got.
  - Shorebirds and gulls/terns I'd go to *Bastion Point3* at the mouth of
  the Inlet;
  - Heathland birds I'd go to *Shipwreck Creek*  *4* (12km of rather
  ordinary dirt road) and take the t*rack to Seal Creek *going to the
  first patch of heath you come to;
  - The airport fence on the *gun club track 5 *can have some good birds
  and they are well exposed.
  - The small jetties along *Coulls Inlet* *6* can be good for Cormorants
  and Azure Kingfisher.  The lagoon boardwalk at the end of the Inlet is
  often good for herons and spoonbills.

I have never done it, but have heard good reports of Captain John's Tuesday
boat trips from Gypsy Point (that is where Graeme Pizzey did a lot of his
work on the Field Guide).


Martin Butterfield

On 5 June 2018 at 18:21, Jenny Leith <> wrote:

Would like to meet up with a keen bird photographer in Mallacoota the
second half of July this year. I will be staying for a week with my partner
and would like advice on the best places to photograph during Winter there.
Thankyou for reading my message. Look forward to hearing from someone who
could help. Regards 
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