West of Mildura - NW Victoria

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Subject: West of Mildura - NW Victoria
From: "Bob Cook" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 19:36:39 +1100

Following Peter Fuller's report this week of Inland Dotterel near Ned's
Corner, west of Mildura in NW Victoria, 

well, we really went for that Inland Dotterel. Unsuccessfully.  


We were out from 9.00 a.m. until nearly 6.00 p.m.  It was a glorious day, so
very enjoyable.  Because we have had good rains here recently, the area all
along and South of the Murray River from Mildura out to Ned's Corner - about
70km, is much greener than we have ever seen it.  


Also some of the back roads were still too wet, even for 4WD, so after
tackling a fair bit of mud and slosh and backtracking, we took a really
roundabout route (or routes).  The area where the Dotterel was seen was
along a stretch of road about 8km long and we did not know exactly where, so
we traversed that road twice at about 25kmh. stopping a few times.  I think
we spent a total of about two hours just on that 8kms!  Peter had seen the
birds around dusk and we were there between 2 & 3 p.m. and then between 4
and 5 p.m.


Anyway, the good part about the day was 79 species!  This is the second best
we have ever got in a day, after the 81 we got in Central/North Victoria a
few years ago.

Full list (just because we enjoyed it) - asterisks on the specials for us
and this area!


Black Swan

Aust Shelduck

Wood Duck

Grey Teal


White-faced Heron

Great Egret

White Ibis

Straw-necked Ibis

Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Black-shouldered Kite

Black Kite

Whistling Kite

Swamp Harrier

Brown Goshawk

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Brown Falcon

Aust Kestrel

Black-winged Stilt

Red-necked Avocet

Masked Lapwing

Silver Gull

Feral Pigeon

Common Bronzewing

Crested Pigeon

Peaceful Dove


Little Corella


Crimson (Yellow) Rosella

Aust (Mallee) Ringneck

Blue Bonnet

Red-rumped Parrot

Mulga Parrot*


Horsefield's Bronze-Cuckoo**


Sacred Kingfisher

Rainbow Bee-eater*

Variegated Fairy-wren

White-winged Fairy-wren

Southern Whiteface

Red Wattlebird

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

Striped Honeyeater*

Little Friarbird

Blue-faced Honeyeater

Noisy Miner

Yellow-throated Miner

Singing Honeyeater

White-plumed Honeyeater

White-fronted Honeyeater

Black Honeyeater**

Crimson Chat*

White-fronted Chat

Jacky Winter

Red-capped Robin*

Chestnut-crowned Babbler

Grey Shrike-thrush


Willie Wagtail

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

Masked Woodswallow

White-browed Woodswallow

Pied Butcherbird

Aust Magpie

Aust Raven

Little Raven

White-winged Chough

Richard's Pipit

House Sparrow

Welcome Swallow

Tree Martin

Clamorous Reed-warbler

Little Grassbird*

Rufous Songlark*

Brown Songlark




When I think of the "easy" birds around this area that we did not see
(cormorants, more ducks, waders and waterhen, thornbills), it strikes me
that 100 species in a day within 50kms of Mildura would be not difficult at


Bob Cook

Mildura  VIC.

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