Short Journey along the Great Ocean Rd

Subject: Short Journey along the Great Ocean Rd
Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2003 22:14:13 +1100

Today, I had a terrific trip along the Great Ocean Rd adding a few ticks to my list.

The first sighting of interest occurred while heading out of Geelong towards Anglesea. Two Wedgetailed Eagles were seen circling over the Blue Circle Cement Works.  Continuing on,  we thought we'd stop off at Pt Roadknight to try our luck with spotting the local hooded plovers.  We parked the car and headed along the path to the backbeach. After a short walk along the beach, sure enough, two Hooded plovers with chick were seen on the fence line along the dunes. Tick! One of the Hooded Plovers was banded with a red band on its left leg, and a red and blue band on its right leg. Sadly, the two bands on the right leg had fallen below the knee and were causing it to stumble and trip over the bands around its ankles. A cluster of baby Singing Honeyeaters were also seen at Pt Roadknight.

Next stop was Moggs Creek. On the way down to the picnic area we meet a local, who mentioned that he has many Rufous Bristlebirds running around near the watertank in his neighbours front yard.  He invited us back to his place, where we did indeed see the fleeting dash of a Rufous Bristlebird into the scrub. Another Tick!   Also around the house were many King Parrots, that where attracted by the seed supplied by the locals in the area. Again, another new bird for me!   The final destination was Moggs Creek Picnic Area, the highlight there being a Golden Whistler.

All round a great days birding!

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