Day's Outing Nth Victoria

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Subject: Day's Outing Nth Victoria
From: "Chris Coleborn" <>
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2005 20:24:30 +1100
G'day All!

It has been a hot summer's day in our area - around 40C. Still, when up at
5:30 am and spotting for birds at first light, it wasn't too bad. In fact it
was quite a good day birding wise. Following up on a couple of good
sightings for our area by my mate Simon Starr, I went over to Murphy's Lake,
which is a great spot for birds when it contains water. I met up with Tom
Lowe and his wife, and also ran into Keith Stockwell and John and Pam Lamb.
The best birds here were the RUFF Simon previously reported, and also two
BLACK-TAILED GODWITS. Good to see three BROLGA fly over head too. There have
been FRECKLED DUCK here for awhile, and Tom and I reckoned there were about
130 this morning - some in breeding colour. Also good numbers of other ducks
and waders. We saw about 65 species here. I then spent a couple of hours in
the noon day heat at Hird Swamp. Highlights here were PAINTED SNIPE, LITTLE
and AUSTRALASIAN BITTERNS & SPOTLESS CRAKE. There were about 50 species
seen. Thousands of Straw-necked Ibis have descended on Hird Swamp and some
have commenced to breed at Hirds so parts are 'closed' at present because of
this. There is a surprising number of species still breeding in the area.
Black Swan, Ibis, some ducks, Diamond Firetails in our garden etc. Though a
bit hot, it was a good day. The species list for both sites and birds seen
going to & fro is below - about 103 species.


Chris Coleborn

Musk Duck, Freckled Duck, Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Pacific Black
Duck, Australasian Shoveler, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Pink-eared Duck,
Hardhead, Australasian Grebe, Hoary-headed Grebe, Darter, Little Pied
Cormorant, Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Great Cormorant,
Australian Pelican, White-faced Heron, Great Egret, Little Bittern,
Australasian Bittern, Glossy Ibis, Australian White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis,
Royal Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Black-shouldered Kite, Black Kite,
Whistling Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Collared
Sparrowhawk, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Little Eagle, Brown Falcon, Australian
Hobby, Nankeen Kestrel, Brolga, Australian Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake,
Purple Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen, Black-tailed Native-hen, Eurasian Coot,
Black-tailed Godwit, Marsh Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Red-necked Stint,
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Ruff, Painted Snipe, Black-winged Stilt, Red-capped
Plover, Black-fronted Dotterel, Red-kneed Dotterel, Masked Lapwing, Silver
Gull, Whiskered Tern, Crested Pigeon, Peaceful Dove, Galah, Long-billed
Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Yellow form of Crimson Rosella, Eastern
Rosella, Red-rumped Parrot, Horsefield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Southern Boobook,
Laughing Kookaburra, (Rainbow Bee-eaters seem to have left until next
Spring), White-throated Treecreeper, Brown Treecreeper, Superb Fairy-wren,
White-winged Fairy-wren, Striated Pardalote, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Yellow
Thornbill, Singing Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater, White-fronted Chat,
Magpie-lark, Grey Fantail, Willie Wagtail, White-breasted Woodswallow, Pied
Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Australian Raven, Little Raven, White-winged
Chough, Richard's Pipit,  House Sparrow, Zebra Finch, Diamond Firetail,
European Goldfinch, Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin, Fairy Martin, Clamorous
Reed Warbler, Little Grassbird, Brown Songlark, Silvereye, Common Blackbird,
Common Starling.

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