birding-aus Duck Island (Vic.) trip

Subject: birding-aus Duck Island (Vic.) trip
From: "Martin O'Brien"<>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 1999 14:28:21 +1000

From: Martin  on 14/09/99 02:28 PM

cc:   David 
Subject:  Duck Island (Vic.) trip

An interesting days outing to Duck Island in Swan Bay near Queenscliff
(Vic.) on the weekend (12/9/99).

As part of the regular Orange-bellied Parrot monitoring for Victoria:
myself, wife Kaye, Brian Hart (BellBOCA)  and David Geering (in the absence
of Peter Menkhorst) were treated to a boat trip from Queenscliff around
Swan Island to the smaller Duck Island Faunal Reserve.  A Departmental
Flora, Fauna and Fisheries Officer, David Burgess ably assisted us by
captaining a rubber duck craft quickly to our landing spot and also to
Chinaman's Hat, Wedge Light and Pope's Eye in Port Phillip Bay on the
return journey.

Bird-wise there wasn't any OBP's about but a number of other species kept
the interest up.  'Best' birds were probably the Grey Plover leading a
bunch of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and Marsh Harriers in superb courtship
flight over the island.  Mammals were the Australian Fur Seals on Chinamans
Hat (an old man-made structure in the bay) and Water Rat tracks on the
beach on Duck Island south.

Bird list follows:

Singing Honeyeater, Little Wattlebird, Silvereye (heard), Little Raven,
Skylark, Little Grassbird, Golden Cisticola, Marsh Harrier, Horsefield's
Bronze Cuckoo, Welcome Swallow, Masked Lapwing, Pied Cormorant, Little Pied
Cormorant, Silver Gull, Pacific Gull, Caspian Tern, Double-banded Plover,
Royal Spoonbill, Black Swan, Straw-necked Ibis, Aust. White Ibis (both in
flight), Hoary-headed Grebe, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint,Grey
Plover, Australasian Gannet, Aust. Pelican, Greenshank, Pied Oystercatcher,
Sooty Oystercatcher, White-faced Heron, Turnstone.

Not bad for less than 2 hours of walking on and around the island.

[Data to be forwarded to BA Atlas.  Mammal record to Atlas of Victorian

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer - Scientific Advisory Committee
Parks Flora and Fauna Division
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne  3002

Tel: 9412 4567
Fax: 9412 4586
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