Late spring birding at Cranbourne Botanic Garden, Vic

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Subject: Late spring birding at Cranbourne Botanic Garden, Vic
From: "Val Ford" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2001 10:38:59 -0800
    Cranbourne Botanic Garden,  a large area of natural bush, 45km SE of Melbourne is the place to go for a 'birding fix '.  Last Friday [16/11], in perfect weather,  a friend and I checked out the springtime happenings there.
    Driving into the park a Pallid Cuckoo was seen sitting out on a dead tree, a Brush Bronzewing flew up ahead of us and gave us a wonderful view of its magnificent colours and a Swamp Harrier flew overhead.. 
    In the carpark White-plumed Honeyeater, Red Wattlebirds, Superb Fairy-wrens, Grey Shrike-thrush, Eastern Yellow Robin, White-browed Scrubwrens, Spotted Turtle-Dove, Blackbird and Common Myna were ticked off.
    Leaving the carpark New Holland Honeyeaters were seen busy feeding fledged young, Dusky Woodswallows, Striated Pardalotes, Brown Thornbills were acting like they probably had young and Grey Fantails flitted around.
    The birds seen at a dam were a Pacific Black Duck with one young, Australasian and Hoary-headed Grebes, Purple Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen and a White-necked heron lurking in the shallows.  Whilst looking at a Little Pied Cormorant sitting up in dead tree Welcome Swallows, Pacific and Silver Gulls, Little Raven, Common Starling, White-faced Heron and a Great Cormorant  were flying over.                          Australian Magpies, Magpie-lark, Masked Lapwing and Willy Wagtails were seen in a nearby grassy area and White-eared Honeyeater, Striated Thornbills, male and female Satin Flycatchers, European Goldfinch  and a Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike were seen back on the bushland track .
    Lunch time, at a lovely spot on a side track reached after tracking down a Fantailed-Cuckoo, revealed many more birds than expected.  Laughing Kookaburra, Horsefield's and Shining Bronze-Cuckoos, Yellow-faced and White-naped Honeyeaters, Spotted Pardalote, Golden and Rufous Whistlers were added to the list.  Pelicans and Straw-necked Ibis were flying over.
    On the track back to the car  Silvereyes were ticked off. As expected at Cranbourne we had a fantastic birding day with 52 species seen . 
Val Ford
Sorrento, Vic
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