Birdline Victoria Update No. 216
For the week ending: 21 August 2005
There was a Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo calling in Richmond: the first record
the observer has had of the species in 16 years at this address. Thanks
A trip around North-central Victoria yielded a variety of interesting
species. At Kirwan's Bridge on the Goulburn Weir there was an early return
Little Friarbird and 5 Purple-crowned Lorikeets. At Reedy Lake there were 4
White-bellied Sea-eagles, a Black-chinned Honeyeater, and 2 Purple-crowned
Lorikeets. At Whroo Histroic Reserve there was a Singing Honeyeater and a
Peregrine Falcon. Along Two Tree Road at Carag Carag there was a Spotted
Harrier. Nearby at Green Lake there was a Caspian Tern. At Runnymeade Flora
Reserve there were 3 Purple-crowned Lorikeets. Finally at Heatcote a
Peaceful Dove was seen at Lady's Creek. Thanks Michael Ramsey.
An adult White-bellied Sea-eagle gracefully flew over the Coolart Wetlands
heading NW. Good views of Australian White Ibis incubating eggs at Minnsmere
Hide, Australasian Shovelers and a Blue-billed Duck. Also saw a very vocal
pair of Whistling Kites and four Royal Spoonbills in the adjacent paddock.
Thanks Fiona Parkin.
Eileen Collins of Chiltern has recorded (18 August 2005) a single Diamond
Dove adjacent to a wetland just south of the Murray Valley Highway about
16km west of Rutherglen, north east Victoria. The bird was in Jones Swamp
Rd. which is about 500m south of the highway. Other birds recorded were
Apostlebirds and a Swamp Harrier. Thanks Martin O'Brien.
There was a Southern Boobook at Truganina Swamp, Altona. Thanks Colin Clark.
The first 4 Latham's Snipe have been sighted at the Powling Street Wetlands,
Port Fairy. Thanks Jodie Honan.
A few highlights at Western Treatment Plant. Australasian Bittern at
conservations ponds. The bird was stalking on the far bank in full view for
approx 20 minutes during the middle of the day. 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 4
Common Greenshanks and a small flock of Whiskered Terns at Walshes Lagoon.
(eastern side of Little River). Juv Black-shouldered Kite with Adult near
the ford at Little River. Thanks Wendy Dunn, Audrey Goldburn.
Highlight of the quarterly BOCA outing to Pinkerton Forest/Bush's
Paddock (between Melton and Werribee) on a very cold and windy day was
extended close views of a Spotted Harrier hunting low over the native
grasslands. Other highlights included two pairs of Wedge-tailed Eagles, good
numbers of Jacky Winters and two Diamond Firetails. There were also a number
of Tree Martins present, which seems to be a rather early return? Thanks
Fairly quiet at Truganina Swamp, Altona at present but recent sightings
include White-necked Heron Sunday 14th Aug 8am in for NE corner of swamp
near the railway line and Yellow-billed Spoonbill on Laverton Creek. Thanks
During the EGBOC outing to Lonely Bay (Lake Tyers) a pair of Whistling
Kites, a Brown Goshawk, 2 White-bellied Sea-Eagles (one adult and one
immature) and a pair of Peregrine Falcons were observed. Little Corellas
were heard on the opposite site of the bay in farmland and again highlight
the expansion of this species into areas east of Lakes Entrance. Excellent
views were also obtained of a Spotted Pardalote gathering nesting material
from the trunk of an Ironbark. Thanks Len Axen.
Glowing in the sun today, four male Flame Robins and 5 female at the
northern end of Seaford Wetlands, on the Wells Rd side, keeping company
mainly on the ground with Yellow-rumped Thornbills. Thanks Jacqui Sheppard.
At Wychitella Black-chinned Honeyeaters were fairly common (saw at least a
dozen), 3 White-backed Swallows over the old Korong Vale reservoir. Thanks
At Mangalore Flora and Fauna Reserve there were 8 Swift Parrots, 11
White-browed Babblers, 3 Black-chinned Honeyeaters, a White-bellied
Cuckoo-shrike, 5 early return or overwintering Dusky Woodswallows and a
Black Kite. Thanks Michael Ramsey
At Seymour Bushland Reserve there was a Speckled Warbler. Thanks Michael
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