Trip Report: Ned's Corner, Murray Sunset and Yarrara

Subject: Trip Report: Ned's Corner, Murray Sunset and Yarrara
From: <>
Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2005 14:16:02 +1000
Trip Report: Ned's Corner, Yarrara Bushland Reserve and the Murray 
Sunset National Park, Northern Victoria

Hi all, 

Over the long weekend Birds Australia held its annual Victorian Easter 
Campout at Ned's Corner in Northern Victoria. Day trips were organised 
around the Murray-Sunset National Park, Lindsay Island and Yarrara 
Bushland Reserve. Many of the migratory land birds were absent (such as 
the cuckoos), however the campout produced some excellent birding, with 
a wide selection of species recorded. Some of the interesting birds 
seen included Red-lored Whistler, large numbers of Striped Honeyeater 
(seen at every site we visited), several large flocks of Banded 
Lapwing, Inland Dotterel, White-backed Swallow, White-browed 
Treecreeper, Chestnut-crowned Babbler and Orange Chat.  

At Ned's Corner Striped Honeyeater was common in the River Red Gum and 
Black Box woodland along the banks of the Murray, as was Blue-faced, 
Spiny-cheeked and White-plumed Honeyeater. White-winged Fairy-wren was 
regularly encountered in the saltbush and lignum of the low-lying 
floodplains ? for example a resident family lived in the area 
immediately behind the shower block. Also seen at Ned?s were several 
large flocks of Banded Lapwing, with separate parties of 20,10 and 5. A 
single Inland Dotterel was seen (at 4:00 am in the morning!) on the 
road into Ned's ? 13 km in from the main entrance. There were several 
happy families of Chestnut-crowned Babbler in the floodplain, and large 
numbers of Blue Bonnet were seen along the roadside into Ned's. Along 
the Murray River and on Lindsay Island Caspian Tern, Great Egret, 
Darter, Red-kneed and Black-fronted Dotterel were recorded as well as 
the expected large numbers of the yellow phase Crimson Rosella.

Birds were in abundance in the Murray Sunset National Park, with 
several day trips organised along South Settlement Road and Pheenys 
Track. Birds recorded at Murray Sunset included examples of both dark 
and light phase Brown Falcon, Blue Bonnet, Australian Ringneck, Regent 
and Mulga Parrot, a pair of Spotted Nightjar (flushed during the day), 
Australian Owlet Nightjar (again flushed), Peaceful Dove, Splendid and 
Variegated Fairy-wren, 'yellow-rumped' Spotted and Striated Pardalote 
(sometimes on the same tree branch), good views of Shy Hylacola, 
Inland, Chestnut-rumped, Yellow, Yellow-rumped and Buff-rumped 
Thornbill, and Southern Whiteface. There was also large numbers of 
honeyeater: including Yellow-throated Miner, Striped, Spiny-cheeked, 
Singing, Yellow-plumed, Purple-gaped, White-eared, White-fronted (in 
good numbers) and Brown-headed Honeyeater. A small party of Orange Chat 
was seen in farmland next to South Settlement Road, and we also 
recorded good numbers of Red-capped and Hooded Robin, White-browed 
Babbler, Chestnut Quail Thrush, 'black-capped' Varied Sittella, Crested 
Bellbird, Gilbert's Whistler, Masked, White-browed and Black-faced 
Woodswollow, Little Crow, 'black-winged' Grey Currawong, Apostlebird, 
and there were single recorded of both Zebra Finch and White-backed 
Swallow. Several members of the group also recorded Red-lored Whistler. 

Yarrara Bushland Reserve is a wonderful Pine-Belah woodland. Located 
between Ned's Corner and the Murray-Sunset, it produced some excellent 
bushland birding. Made up of predominately Belah, Buloke, and Slender 
Cypress Pine, this remnant vegetation reserve is an excellent site to 
see the rare White-browed Treecreeper. Also seen at Yarrara were Hooded 
and Red-capped Robin, Splendid Fairy-wren, Crested Bellbird, Gilbert's 
Whistler, Striped Honeyeater and Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, and perhaps 
surprisingly the most common honeyeater was Singing Honeyeater. There 
was also Blue Bonnet, Australian Ringneck, Mulga Parrot, and Chestnut-
rumped and Inland Thornbill. 


Tim Dolby

Birding-Aus is now on the Web at
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message 'unsubscribe
birding-aus' (no quotes, no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • Trip Report: Ned's Corner, Murray Sunset and Yarrara, Tim.Dolby <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU