Birds Australia VicGroup camp, Balmoral area, March 2004

Subject: Birds Australia VicGroup camp, Balmoral area, March 2004
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 09:59:20 +1100
G'day all

I am organising a camp for the Birds Australia's VicGroup over the long
weekend in March.  It would be good to see a few birding-aus identities.

Details as follows:

      Mountain Dam Creek camping area in the Rocklands State Forest.
      GPS reading: 37°13'39" 142°05'16" GDA
      RACV Vicroads map 55 C5
      6-8 March 2004
      Steve Clark, Hamilton, Victoria
      Phone: 0355 719048 (AH)
      The camp is adjacent to the Black Range State Park and close to the
      Claude Austin and Jilpanger State Forests.  The closest town is
      Balmoral approximately 20km to the west in the Western District.
      Balmoral is best accessed from Melbourne via the Glenelg Highway from
      Ballarat to Dunkeld then to Cavendish.  Distance from Melbourne to
      Balmoral is approximately 330km.  From Balmoral - follow the mudmap
      to the camp (mudmap available by email on request)
      A most pleasant camping area with lots of room for tents and small
      vans.  Some of the road in is gravel but has a good surface.  There
      are toilets, picnic tables and fireplaces but no water so bring
      plenty with you.  The camp is on the shore of Rocklands Reservoir but
      there is no water near the camp (Rocklands is below 10% of capacity
      at present).  There are no camping fees.
      The vicinity of the camp is a Yellow Gum and Yellow Box woodland with
      Black Wattle and She-oaks and a heathland understory.  Nearby are
      areas with denser heathland and groves of Silver Banksia.  Other
      habitats close include Desert Banksias, River Red Gums, wetlands
      (hopefully some with water) and stringybark heathlands.
      A diverse range of woodland species should be seen: Brown
      Treecreeper, Hooded Robin, Weebill, White-browed Babbler, Diamond
      Firetail, Speckled Warbler, Southern Whiteface, Yellow-tufted
      Honeyeater, Black-chinned Honeyeater.  With luck we could be among
      Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Variegated Fairy-wren, Barking Owl,
      Owlet-Nightjars, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Brolga, Square-tailed

Steve Clark
Hamilton, Victoria

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