birding-aus Carlisle State Park, Victoria

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Subject: birding-aus Carlisle State Park, Victoria
From: Susan Myers <>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 15:31:02 +1100
Dear All, 
Twelve Birds Australia Vicgroup members spent last weekend at the Carlisle 
State Park in the Otways, south west Victoria. The park is dominated by 
extensive closed heath communities interspersed with pockets of wet sclerophyll 
forest. The weather on Saturday was a real corker but we spent most of Sunday 
dodging the rain (which is probably more typical of this neck of the woods). We 
concentrated on doing atlassing at various spots in the park and chalked up a 
very healthy bird list by midday on Sunday, when we decided the rain had beaten 
Best birds of the weekend were Southern Emu-wren (the density of these birds 
here must be astounding, they could be heard from almost any area of heath and 
at one stage I was surrounded by about 12 birds!), a male and female Olive 
Whistler, Beautiful Firetails, a Rufous Bristlebird (a little bit outside the 
park - they occur quite far inland in the Otways), nesting Satin Flycatchers, 
Brush Bronzewings, very large numbers of Blue-winged Parrots, Gang-gang 
Cockatoos, Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos, a very active Owlet-nightjar seen in 
the midmorning on Sunday, Collared Sparrowhawk, a White (Grey) Goshawk, Rufous 
Fantails and so on. 
As you can see, this is an above average birding spot! And apart from the birds 
it is also scenically very attractive. I certainly recommend it to anyone 
visiting the area. If you would like more details please drop me a line. 
Many thanks to Margaret Cameron for her superlative organisation of the weekend!

Susan Myers
Ph. +61 3 9899 9303
Fax +61 3 9890 8911

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