French Island, VIC 6 Apr

To: "Eric Finley" <>, <>
Subject: French Island, VIC 6 Apr
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 10:32:16 +1000

Others seem concerned with Eric Finley's report of 2 Ospreys on French Island, suggesting that it is more likely that they were White-bellied Sea-Eagles. I was more gob-smacked by his report of a Beautiful Firetail, not previously known from there or anywhere nearby. These reports need substantiation. Incidentally, single Ospreys have been seen on the adjacent Mornington Peninsula on a few occasions but no Beautiful Firetails in the last 60 years or so.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136

----- Original Message - IN PART ----- From: "Eric Finley" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 2:33 PM
Subject: French Island, VIC 6 Apr

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

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.

Eric Finley


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