French Island, VIC 6 Apr

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Subject: French Island, VIC 6 Apr
From: "Eric Finley" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 14:33:39 +1000
Did a few hours cycling around this beautiful island from the ferry
point at Tankerton on Good Friday 6 April.

Conditions were warm (c 23 degrees), clear and sunny. Timing was not
ideal as we came in on the ferry after midday and left again at 4.30pm,
but there were some good birds in evidence. No off road birding done.

Highlight was Cape Barren Geese. First sighting was a pair in paddocks
near the primary school, the next was a flock of 40 about a kilometre
east of the old chickory kiln. Another 3 pairs for a total of 48.

Also good numbers of Flame and Scarlet Robins.  7 Grey Currawongs - all
solo. 35 Pied Oystercatchers at the ferry landing. 1 Beautiful Firetail
between the jetty and the general store. Large numbers of Willie
Wagtails in groups of 6-10 - looked like some kind of local movement
occurring. Also 2 Ospreys close to Tankerton - not sure if this is
unusual for this area.

Good Koala sightings with around 12 seen in the 4 hrs.

Eric Finley

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