French Island, VIC 6 Apr (Osprey)

Subject: French Island, VIC 6 Apr (Osprey)
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 09:47:49 +1000
Osprey records - Victoria - Western Port Bay - French Island

Just responding to Eric's report of Osprey at French Island in Western 
Port Bay Victoria.

The Atlas of Victorian Wildlife currently has just 11 records of the 
species for the state, while French Island has no records of Osprey at 
all.  Indeed, in 20 years of visiting the island I have yet to observe 
Osprey in the Western Port Bay area.

Friends of French Island (FoFI) has an extensive list of avifauna for 
French Island (Quinn & Lacey 1999) but Osprey has yet to be recorded for 
the island.

The atlas has old Osprey records from Shoreham in 2001 (BOCA 2003)(about 
13 km west of French Island) and from Rhyll Inlet on Phillip Island (about 
7 km south).

If any other observers are able to confirm Eric's observation this would 
be great.  I encourage observers to forward their sightings to the Atlas 
wherever possible (see below).

cheers, Martin

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

Ref: Quinn, D. & Lacey, G. (1999) Birds of French Island Wetlands. 
Spectrum Publications, Richmond.

BOCA (2003) Wings over Western Port: Three decades surveying wetland birds 
1973 - 2003.  Bird Observers Club of Australia. Report No. 10.

For atlas inquiries

Atlas of Victorian Wildlife
Department of Sustainability and Environment
2/8 Nicholson St.,
East Melbourne  3002

Tel: 039 637 9863


Did a few hours cycling around this beautiful island from the ferry
point at Tankerton on Good Friday 6 April.

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Also 2 Ospreys close to Tankerton - not sure if this is unusual for this 

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Eric Finley


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