birding-aus Trip list - Ovens Floodplain, Victoria

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Subject: birding-aus Trip list - Ovens Floodplain, Victoria
From: "Lawrence E. Conole" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 18:27:54 +1000
Just back from a week surveying birds on the Ovens River Floodplain -
the area near Lake Mulwala and adjacent to the Murray Valley Highway
about half-way between Rutherglen and Yarrawonga in North-East
Victoria.  This is my third trip there in 1999, and there were a few
records of interest (to me at least).  I was accompanied on this trip by
Amber Parkinson and Phil Maher (Jr.).

* Rufous Fantail - One reported by Phil Maher Jr. in riparian woodland.
The Ovens River would certainly be a corridor for migrants, but this one
is either very early or forgot to leave.

* Australasian Bittern - One calling in daylight (about 10:00am) from
reed beds on a backwater of the Ovens.

* Azure Kingfisher - One seen on the Ovens by Phil Maher Jr. (from a
boat).  Although they do winter here, it's the first I've heard of this

* Western Gerygone - Many calling in the forest area.  There were none
at Barmah or Gunbower recently, which is customary as they move out of
these River Red Gum forests over winter.  There were none at Ovens in
May either.  I'm still curious about where they might go, and how the
return is staged in different areas.

* Noisy Friarbird - Largely absent from the River Red Gum floodplain
forests in winter - one bird heard in the Ovens forest.

* Flame & Scarlet Robins - Flame Robins still present on farmland next
to the forest, and in a wetland inside the forest.  I recorded my first
Scarlet Robins for this forest too.

* Interestingly, no cuckoos of any kind were recorded (contrast with
Gunbower & other areas of 2 weeks ago).

Full list below the .sig block.


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Black Swan                           Cygnus atratus
Australian Shelduck                  Tadorna tadornoides
Australian Wood Duck                 Chenonetta jubata
Pacific Black Duck                   Anas superciliosa
Grey Teal                            Anas gracilis
Darter                               Anhinga melanogaster
Little Pied Cormorant                Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
Little Black Cormorant               Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
Great Cormorant                      Phalacrocorax carbo
Australian Pelican                   Pelecanus conspicillatus
White-faced Heron                    Egretta novaehollandiae
Australasian Bittern                 Botaurus poiciloptilus
Australian White Ibis                Threskiornis molucca
Black-shouldered Kite                Elanus axillaris
Whistling Kite                       Haliastur sphenurus
White-bellied Sea-Eagle              Haliaeetus leucogaster
Wedge-tailed Eagle                   Aquila audax
Little Eagle                         Hieraaetus morphnoides
Brown Falcon                         Falco berigora
Peregrine Falcon                     Falco peregrinus
Nankeen Kestrel                      Falco cenchroides
Purple Swamphen                      Porphyrio porphyrio
Dusky Moorhen                        Gallinula tenebrosa
Masked Lapwing                       Vanellus miles
Crested Pigeon                       Ocyphaps lophotes
Peaceful Dove                        Geopelia striata
Galah                                Cacatua roseicapilla
Long-billed Corella                  Cacatua tenuirostris
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo             Cacatua galerita
Crimson (Yellow) Rosella             Platycercus elegans flaveolus
Eastern Rosella                      Platycercus eximius
Red-rumped Parrot                    Psephotus haematonotus
Southern Boobook                     Ninox novaeseelandiae
Azure Kingfisher                     Alcedo azurea
Laughing Kookaburra                  Dacelo novaeguineae
White-throated Treecreeper           Cormobates leucophaeus
Brown Treecreeper                    Climacteris picumnus
Superb Fairy-wren                    Malurus cyaneus
Spotted Pardalote                    Pardalotus punctatus
Striated Pardalote                   Pardalotus striatus
White-browed Scrubwren               Sericornis frontalis
Weebill                              Smicrornis brevirostris
Western Gerygone                     Gerygone fusca
Brown Thornbill                      Acanthiza pusilla
Yellow-rumped Thornbill              Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
Yellow Thornbill                     Acanthiza nana
Striated Thornbill                   Acanthiza lineata
Noisy Friarbird                      Philemon corniculatus
Noisy Miner                          Manorina melanocephala
White-plumed Honeyeater              Lichenostomus penicillatus
Black-chinned Honeyeater             Melithreptus gularis
Brown-headed Honeyeater              Melithreptus brevirostris
White-naped Honeyeater               Melithreptus lunatus
Scarlet Robin                        Petroica multicolor
Flame Robin                          Petroica phoenicea
Eastern Yellow Robin                 Eopsaltria australis
Varied Sittella                      Daphoenositta chrysoptera
Crested Shrike-tit                   Falcunculus frontatus
Golden Whistler                      Pachycephala pectoralis
Grey Shrike-thrush                   Colluricincla harmonica
Restless Flycatcher                  Myiagra inquieta
Magpie-lark                          Grallina cyanoleuca
Rufous Fantail                       Rhipidura rufifrons
Grey Fantail                         Rhipidura fuliginosa
Willie Wagtail                       Rhipidura leucophrys
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike          Coracina papuensis
Australian Magpie                    Gymnorhina tibicen
Pied Currawong                       Strepera graculina
Australian Raven                     Corvus coronoides
White-winged Chough                  Corcorax melanorhamphos
Red-browed Finch                     Neochmia temporalis
Welcome Swallow                      Hirundo neoxena
Tree Martin                          Hirundo nigricans
Common Blackbird                     Turdus merula

74 species

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