FW: Grampians end October 2001

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Subject: FW: Grampians end October 2001
From: "Irene" <>
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2001 13:43:03 +1100

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From: Irene 
Sent: Friday, 16 November 2001 1:34
To: Birding-Aus
Subject: Grampians end October 2001

Hello all

I spent time in the Grampians at the end of October.  Another birding-ausser 
reported they had 6 inches of rain in September.
Rain continued throughout October and it rained every one of my 10 days there.  
A little frustrating but I was able to get
out bushwalking most days and of course the rain mean plenty of water for the 
birds.  It also brought on the bush so that the
flowering plants were putting on a great show with knockout sights such as 
Calectesia intermedia.  Various highlights:

**  Stayed at the Parkgate Resort, with my cottage looking over a lawn and out 
to the bush.  Every day, the lawn was picked
over by White-faced and White-necked Herons, egrets, Pacific Black Ducks, 
Little Ravens, Australian Magpies.  It's a wonder
that there was a single insect or bug of any sort left on the lawn after their 
**  Latham's Snipe at Lake Fyans - the local Field Naturalists advised this is 
unusual for the area
**  Pink-eared Duck on Lake Lonsdale
**  Mr. and Mrs. Scarlet Robin, with the male in full glorious colour
**  Gang-gangs happily sitting and crunching their way through big chunks of 
Callitris rhomboidea seeds, some fairly green
**  Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos including in trees at eye level
**  Purple-crowned Lorikeet scrambling in eucalypts and eating lerps.  Musk 
Lorikeets too.  They were soooooo close!!
**  White-fronted Chats
**  Sacred Kingfisher male yapping, female giving trilling reply
**  Crescent Honeyeater with food in its bill, and being rather wary before 
going to a nest
**  White-plumed Honeyeaters with chicks in nest
**  Varied Sittella - race pileata

**  Wonderful shingleback lizards which were very co-operative for photos
**  an echidna moving through the reeds near a creek.  A funny moment as I 
could see the top of the reeds moving but not what
was causing it to happen, so the mind was racing as to "crake?  rail?  quail?  
no-all too small.  bittern?  still too small"
Finally the echnidna revealed itself.
**  22 lifer species of orchids including some beauties such as Caladenia 
venusta, C. versicolor, C. iridescens, Thelymitra
antennifera, Diuris punctata

Cheers and Happy Times with Nature

Irene Denton
Concord West, 12 km from Sydney city, NSW Australia
33°50.278'S  151°05.406'E

(I've converted my Lat/Long from DD MM SS format to DD MM.MMM format which 
gives a closer/finer reading)

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