Albert, a few thoughts for you on those observations.
In Victoria White-necked Herons occur in most shallow freshwater wetlands
and, less frequently, in brackish wetlands (Emison et al. 1987). They
feed in shallow water or wet grass.
Current Atlas of Victorian Wildlife data shows only a few grid cells in
the state where the species has NOT been recorded and this tends to be the
forested eastern highlands and very dry north west. They're a relatively
common waterbird in most parts of the state.
For the albatross species. While staying at Parker River camping ground
(Cape Otway) earlier this year, we picked up Black-browed Albatross just
off shore in the strong on shore winds. This species and the Shy
Albatross are the most commonly observed albatrosses in Victorian waters.
My atlas colleagues are always keen to receive area counts of fauna and
any sightings of rarities. If you'd like to provide your observations I
can advise further.
Emison, W. B., Beardsell, C. M., Norman, F. I., Loyn, R. H. & Bennett, S.
C. (1987) Atlas of Victorian Birds. Department of Conservation, Forests & Lands
and Royal Australasian
Ornithologist Union, Melbourne.
Threatened Species & Communities Section
Department of Sustainability and Environment
2/8 Nicholson St. East Melbourne 3002
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