Mallacoota, Vic, 8-13 Dec

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Subject: Mallacoota, Vic, 8-13 Dec
From: "Ingwersen, Dean" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2005 22:20:52 +1100
Hi all,

Firstly, a huge thanks to all who replied to my RFI for Mallacoota - made life 
much easier!  Saw a total of 91 species for the week without really trying that 
hard.  The highlights for me were:

*       Tawny-crowned Honeyeater and Southern Emu-wren in coastal heathland 
near Shipwreck Creek.  Awesome habitat.  Unfortunately dipped on Ground Parrot 
even with a solid 6-8 kms walking.  Apparently 4-5 were seen on Howe Flat a few 
days before by bushwalkers.
*       Wonga Pigeon - feeding from seed tray at Gypsy Point Apartments, as 
well as seeing them along several other walks (very approachable).
*       Glossy Black Cockatoo - a pair were feeding in trees next to track up 
to Genoa Peak (could be heard from the car!)
*       Leaden Flycatcher - walk at Gypsy Point (which was abruptly ended when 
I nearly stood on a ~5 ft Tiger Snake and my wife decided her 
birding/bushwalking career can have a slight hiatus!!)
*       Eastern Curlew and Little Tern - Mallacoota Inlet
*       Azure Kingfisher and Topknot Pigeon - seen from a river cruise we did 
from Gypsy Point up the Genoa River (crippling views of the kingfisher from the 
*       Rufous Fantail and Brown Gerygone - both seen along Double Creek walk, 
and Brown Gerygone also common along Shady Creek and Pittosporum walks in town.
*       Hooded Plover - pair at Pebbly Beach, on the way to Shipwreck Creek.
*       Beautiful Firetail - along road to Shipwreck Creek.

Unfortunately also dipped on seeing Black-faced Monarch, although I did hear a 
couple, and Scarlet Honeyeater (although a local birder told me they haven't 
shown up this year in the area).  So.... 91 birds, 4 snakes, no parasitic 
ticks, but a few ticks to go in the field guide!  Thanks again to all for their 

Cheers, Dean

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