North Western Victoria

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Subject: North Western Victoria
From: "Bob & Sadhana Cook" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 08:36:16 +1000
We went on our first Port Fairy Pelagic on Sunday - which was great for us -
but we also had a couple of interesting observations driving down from
Mildura on Saturday.

Right on the Northern edge of the small town of Speed, about 140kms south of
Mildura on the Sunraysia Highway, we saw a pair of Major Mitchell Cockatoos
sitting on a farm fence.  Furthest South I have ever seen them.

About 7 kms south of Horsham on the Hamilton road, we stopped at the
McKenzies Creek crossing for a cuppa.  The creek bed was dry and produced a
pair of Diamond Firetails, a small group of Striated Pardalotes working away
at the creek bank (preparing for breeding?) and also saw a small group of
Black-chinned Honeyeaters.

On the radio, I heard a piece of advice that might suit those of us who get
annoyed at the anti-banding rambles that occasionally appear on this list:

"Never argue with idiots.  First they will bring you down to their level,
then they will defeat you through experience!"  - attributed to Guru Bob on
the Coodabeen Champions!

I am sure someone experienced will report on the Port Fairy Pelagic.  David
Burren took many, many photos on the day and his website should be worth
looking at in a few days.

It's great to be out at this time of year!

Bob Cook,  Mildura, Victoria

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