birding-aus Some birding over the weekend

Subject: birding-aus Some birding over the weekend
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2000 09:20:02 +1000

G'day all

I finally managed to get out to do some birding on Saturday afternoon.  It was
quite warm so few birds were active.  I first went to two spots in the Mt.
Dundas Scenic Reserve (about 30km north west of Hamilton).  Highlights here were
the large numbers of thornbills.  On one occasion I was in the middle of a large
mixed flock of Buff-rumped, Yellow-rumped, Striated and Brown Thornbills (in
that order of numbers).  They appeared to be getting small caterpillars from
small Black Wattles.

>From here I went up the Henty Highway to Cherrypool.  This is a picnic area
alongside a large billabong on the Glenelg River.  A couple of bird hides here
allow access to the large open areas of water.  At present it is quite dry and
shallow.  It should be ideal for crakes and rails but none were evident.  About
15 Yellow-billed Spoonbills and 2 Royal Spoonbills were present however and the
highlight was an Intermediate Egret in breeding plumage roosting in a River Red
Gum with Spoonbills and Ibis.  This is the first Intermediated Egret I've seen
in Western Victoria away from the coast.

About 50 species atlassed at the three sites.



Steve Clark
45 Carmichael Street, Hamilton, Victoria, Australia 3300
ph 0355 719 048

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