Great Ocean Road

Subject: Great Ocean Road
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2006 08:15:11 +1000
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.

cheers, Martin

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.

Martin O'Brien
Wildlife Biologist
Threatened Species & Communities Section
Department of Sustainability and Environment
2/8 Nicholson St. East Melbourne  3002


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