Re: Port Fairy - clarifications (longish).

To: Eric Hocking <>
Subject: Re: Port Fairy - clarifications (longish).
From: George Appleby <>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 08:38:06 -0816 (UTC)
Regarding the disputed Port Fairy/Tower Hill sightings, 
I'll have to add a few points to other people's comments.

The nearest White-fronted Honeyeater record that I know of 
is from Nelson (on the coast about 2 hours drive west of 
Port Fairy)- this is probably noted in the Atlas of 
Victorian Birds which is definitely worth consulting in 
preference to field guide distribution maps. Dry country 
birds such as this could possibly straggle down from the 
Little Desert area to the north (I'm not sure how commoon 
they are there). 

Similarly, Variegated Wrens could possibly 
(I'm very speculative here) make their way towards the 
coast from  northward (ie Jilpanger Scrub) especially since 
forest with heathy understorey is fairly widespread but 
fragmented between Jilpanger and the coast. How Variegated 
Wrens make it along the coast or more directly from areas 
such as Jilpanger is a more difficult proposition as the 
whole area around Warrnambool is one of the most cleared 
and drained areas in Victoria, so little little suitable 
connecting habitat is available. 

As for Brown Booby, I would suggest that there would be a 
few juvenile Australasian Gannets (and possibly Cape 
Gannets or hybrids) around probably originating from 
Lawrence Rocks near Portland. I'm not sure of the details 
but I think the juvenile Cape Gannet (when still at the 
nest) is significantly darker that similarly aged Aust. 
Gannets. So, Brown Booby and juvenile Gannets could be 

I hope this message isn't adding too much to the series of 
replies to Eric's original trip report.



George Appleby

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