Brief trip report - Gunbower Island, Victoria.

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Subject: Brief trip report - Gunbower Island, Victoria.
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 17:04:20 +0000
Gunbower Island is one of the largest areas of River Red Gum forest in
existence (only Barmah is bigger in Victoria), and is on the Murray
River near Cohuna (east of Kerang and west of Echuca).

A full list is attached below my signature block, but the main points of
interest to me were as follows:

   * Only one Red-chested Button-quail seen this trip, though platelets
     were moderately abundant at the main site on 86 Break.  Only one
     Painted Button-quail seen too.
   * White-throated Needletails and Fork-tailed Swifts seen 3 evenings
     out of 7 overhead at camp.  Using the barometer in my
     wristwatch/altimeter, I estimated that the swifts appeared over the
     area consistently 4-6 hours after the major pressure change had
     occurred.  This conflicts with what the texts commonly say about
     them preceding the fronts.  The needletails were also the greatest
     distance inland I've ever seen in Victoria.
   * A new frog for me - the Giant Banjo Frog (Limnodynastes interioris)
     - very impressive animal, and probably a minor range extension in
     Victoria.  Trapped after a thunderstorm.
   * Lots of birds still breeding (Little Friarbird, Weebill, Willie
     Wagtail, Olive-backed Oriole, etc.....).
   * Quite young Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes) entering
     the Elliott traps, showing some 2 months lag behind the breeding at
     Barmah.  Remarkable degree of breeding season asynchrony for this
     genus I think.

Cheers -- Lawrie

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Victoria 3044 AUSTRALIA.  37°44'27"S  144°56'17"E
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21-29 January 2000.

Lawrie Conole

Emu                                  Dromaius novaehollandiae
Australian Wood Duck                 Chenonetta jubata
Pacific Black Duck                   Anas superciliosa
White-faced Heron                    Egretta novaehollandiae
Nankeen Night Heron                  Nycticorax caledonicus
Australian White Ibis                Threskiornis molucca
Straw-necked Ibis                    Threskiornis spinicollis
Black Kite                           Milvus migrans
Whistling Kite                       Haliastur sphenurus
Brown Goshawk                        Accipiter fasciatus
Wedge-tailed Eagle                   Aquila audax
Little Eagle                         Hieraaetus morphnoides
Red-chested Button-quail             Turnix pyrrhothorax
Painted Button-quail                 Turnix varia
Common Bronzewing                    Phaps chalcoptera
Crested Pigeon                       Ocyphaps lophotes
Peaceful Dove                        Geopelia placida
Galah                                Cacatua roseicapilla
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo             Cacatua galerita
Yellow Rosella                       Platycercus flaveolus
Eastern Rosella                      Platycercus eximius
Red-rumped Parrot                    Psephotus haematonotus
Pallid Cuckoo                        Cuculus pallidus
Southern Boobook                     Ninox boobook
Tawny Frogmouth                      Podargus strigoides
White-throated Needletail            Hirundapus caudacutus
Fork-tailed Swift                    Apus pacificus
Laughing Kookaburra                  Dacelo novaeguineae
Sacred Kingfisher                    Todiramphus sanctus
Rainbow Bee-eater                    Merops ornatus
Dollarbird                           Eurystomus orientalis
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
Buff-rumped Thornbill                Acanthiza reguloides
Yellow-rumped Thornbill              Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
Yellow Thornbill                     Acanthiza nana
Striated Thornbill                   Acanthiza lineata
Noisy Friarbird                      Philemon corniculatus
Little Friarbird                     Philemon citreogularis
White-plumed Honeyeater              Lichenostomus penicillatus
Black-chinned Honeyeater             Melithreptus gularis
Brown-headed Honeyeater              Melithreptus brevirostris
Jacky Winter                         Microeca fascinans
Scarlet Robin                        Petroica multicolor
Red-capped Robin                     Petroica goodenovii
White-browed Babbler                 Pomatostomus superciliosus
Varied Sittella                      Daphoenositta chrysoptera
Crested Shrike-tit                   Falcunculus frontatus
Gilbert's Whistler                   Pachycephala inornata
Rufous Whistler                      Pachycephala rufiventris
Grey Shrike-thrush                   Colluricincla harmonica
Restless Flycatcher                  Myiagra inquieta
Magpie-lark                          Grallina cyanoleuca
Willie Wagtail                       Rhipidura leucophrys
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike            Coracina novaehollandiae
Olive-backed Oriole                  Oriolus sagittatus
White-breasted Woodswallow           Artamus leucorynchus
Dusky Woodswallow                    Artamus cyanopterus
Australian Magpie                    Gymnorhina tibicen
Australian Raven                     Corvus coronoides
Little Raven                         Corvus mellori
White-winged Chough                  Corcorax melanorhamphos
Diamond Firetail                     Stagonopleura guttata
Mistletoebird                        Dicaeum hirundinaceum
Welcome Swallow                      Hirundo neoxena
Tree Martin                          Hirundo nigricans
Fairy Martin                         Hirundo ariel
Yellow-footed Antechinus             Antechinus flavipes
Eastern Grey Kangaroo                Macropus giganteus
Rabbit                               Oryctolagus cuniculus
Fox                                  Vulpes vulpes
Common Eastern Froglet               Crinia signifera
Eastern Banjo Frog                   Limnodynastes dumerilii
Giant Banjo Frog                     Limnodynastes interioris
Spotted Grass Frog                   Limnodynastes tasmaniensis
Tree Skink                           Egernia striolata
South-eastern Morethia Skink         Morethia boulengeri
Eastern Tiger Snake                  Notechis scutatus

84 species

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