Lysterfield Lake Park, SE Melbourne

Subject: Lysterfield Lake Park, SE Melbourne
From: "Tim Bawden" <>
Date: Sun, 06 Jun 2004 12:00:43 +0000
Hi all

After having little time recently for birding I was determined to get oout this 
weekend for a few hours at least. Decided on Saturday to go to Lysterfield Lake 
Park which is on the south east outskirts of Melbourne. Started from the main 
carpark by the lake and walked north for about an hour or so through eucalpyt 
scrub/forest then west a bit before heading back around the lakes edge. There 
were heaps of birds around although diversity was a bit low with 38 species 
seen in about 3 hours. Of note includes

- Lots of mixed flocks of small birds, generally grey fantails, thornbills, 
spotted pardalotes and superb fairy wrens.
-Plenty of male and female Golden Whistlers, not calling
-only 3 honeyeater species seen, Red Wattlebird, Bell Miner and White eared 
Honeyeater. the latter were everywhere and very curious, often coming down to 
look when i stopped.
-Great crested Grebe including a number of juveniles calling loudly. Definately 
one of the most reliable places to see these birds on the east side of 
-Musk Duck, after hearing it call waited ten minutes for just a few brief 
glimpses, i am sure they must have scuba tanks sometimes.
-5 Yellow-billed Spoonbills and a single Great Egret on the lake shore.

All in all a nice refreshing walk!


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