Subject: Gippsland
From: stuart dashper <>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2003 21:18:02 +1000
Dear All,

Had the good fortune to spend some of the Easter/Anzac Day break in far
east Gippsland (Victoria), east of Mallacoota. This was part of a Field
naturalists club outing that ran for the entire week. I only managed a four
day trip from Tuesday to Friday.
Both Angophora and Coastal Banksia were in flower bringing in large numbers
of Honeyeaters and Lorikeets into the area. 
Highlights for me were; 
Ground Parrot, good views of a single bird, but up to five were recorded by
other members of the group; 
Azure Kingfisher on the creek mouths of the Inlet;  
Pilotbird, in rainforest gullies; 
Noisy Friarbird a few amongst the hoards of Red and Brush Wattlebirds, New
Holland Honeyeaters and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters; 
Diamond Firetail one bird near Howe Flat and another at Mallacoota aerodrome;
Chestnut-rumped Hylacola (at Mallacoota aerodrome);  
close up views of Southern Emu-wren and a Sooty Owl called in by John
Harris, close enough to hear it breathing but we still couldn't see it in
the dense vegetation. Jacky Winters were common on the edges of paddocks
and Bassian Thrushes were also feeding out in the open on the edges of the
paddocks. Feathertail Gliders were seen on two nights of spotlighting. 
Lowlight was missing Glossy Black Cockatoos that were seen by others in the
group. Full list below.

Stuart Dashper

Black Swan
Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Grey Teal
Chestnut Teal
Australasian Grebe
Little Pied Cormorant
Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Australian Pelican
White-faced Heron
Black-shouldered Kite
Whistling Kite
Brown Goshawk
Peregrine Falcon
Purple Swamphen
Dusky Moorhen
Eurasian Coot
Pied Oystercatcher
Masked Lapwing
Silver Gull
Crested Tern
Brown Cuckoo-Dove
Common Bronzewing
Wonga Pigeon
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Rainbow Lorikeet
Musk Lorikeet
Little Lorikeet
Australian King-Parrot
Crimson Rosella
Ground Parrot
Southern Boobook
Sooty Owl
Barn Owl
Tawny Frogmouth
Australian Owlet-nightjar
Azure Kingfisher
Laughing Kookaburra
White-throated Treecreeper
Superb Fairy-wren
Southern Emu-wren
Spotted Pardalote
White-browed Scrubwren
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Brown Thornbill
Striated Thornbill
Red Wattlebird
Brush Wattlebird
Noisy Friarbird
Bell Miner
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater
Crescent Honeyeater
Eastern Spinebill
Scarlet Honeyeater
Jacky Winter
Scarlet Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
Eastern Whipbird
Varied Sittella
Crested Shrike-tit
Golden Whistler
Grey Shrike-thrush
Restless Flycatcher
Grey Fantail
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Grey Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong
Grey Currawong
Australian Raven
Little Raven
Satin Bowerbird
House Sparrow
Beautiful Firetail
Welcome Swallow
Bassian Thrush
Common Starling
86 species

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