Occasional report from south-west Victoria

Subject: Occasional report from south-west Victoria
Date: Mon, 02 Nov 1998 21:13:04 -0500
G'day all

Just a few recent notes from south-west Victoria:

1.  A friend reports Crested Pigeons resident at his property a few km
east of Hamilton.  Apparently they have been there for a year or more.  My
closest record is some 80km north of Hamilton.

2.  Camping at Pritchards, Lower Glenelg N.P. on the 31/10-1/11 I picked
up several good species. 

    A single male Rose Robin was probably the highlight as they rarely
venture this far west.  

    An Olive-backed Oriole was similarly close to the limit of its range.
    Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos were present on the other side of the river
from the campground.  One was seen but others were heard.  

    A gerygone was heard during the dawn chorus but the bird was not seen
so I don't know which species it was.  The Western and the White-throated
are rarely encountered in this part of the world.  

    Rufous Fantails and large numbers of Fan-tailed and Shining
Bronze-Cuckoos were also present.

3.  Nelson Estuary 1/11.  

    Two or three Caspian Terns
    A few Great Crested Grebes
    One Blue-winged Parrot
    One Intermediate Egret
    A few Royal Spoonbills
    Large numbers (100's) of tiny waders were feeding on sand spits but
were too far away for me to identify.

Atlas sheets filled out for all the above.




Stephen Clark
Agriculture Victoria, Pastoral & Veterinary Institute
Private Bag 105  HAMILTON  3300  Australia
Phone 0355 730 977   Fax 0355 711 523


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