Wonthaggi Birding

To: "Albert Vrielink" <>, <>
Subject: Wonthaggi Birding
From: "Mules, Michael" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2007 13:12:38 +1000
 Hi Albert, sounds like a good day out there.  I haven't seen TC
Honeyeaters there since the late 90s, and my father (who watches there
monthly) hasn't either.  We're not sure why.  Did you check out Baxter's
Wetlands on your way out? (same road, you enter where the road makes a
right-angled turn.  Almost dried out, but I had Little Grassbird and
Magpie Goose there last week.

Michael Mules

Head of Newnham House (Middle School)

Carey Baptist Grammar School
Kew Campus
349 Barkers Road Kew Victoria Australia 3101

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Albert Vrielink
Sent: Monday, 16 April 2007 7:48 PM
To: Birding-Aus
Subject: Wonthaggi Birding

Hi All,

Yesterday I had a pleasant day birding at the Wonthaggi Heath & Coastal
Reserve. The reserve lies 140k southeast of Melbourne, 25k east of
Philip Island and southeast of the township of Wonthaggi. I parked the
car at the end of Campbell St/Chisholm Rd. My target was to see 4
species: Hooded Plover, Southern Emuwren, Tawny-crowned Emuwren and
Beautiful Firetail. I was on the beach at 830am and within minutes I
found a couple and their juvenile a few hundred meters south of the sign
'Emergency beach no 20'. I uploaded a photo on the Eremea website. The
birds flew off once two dogs ran past. From here I wandered along the
tracks and within 15 minutes walking distance from the carpark I found
party of 4 Southern Emuwrens. Three female-type birds and one with a
white bib. Does anyone know if this is a juvenile male or their winter
plumage? Soon after I found another party. This time 3 birds with a
white bib. Next stop was the fire dam on the track betwen the carpark
and Harmers Haven. This turned out to be an excellent spot. After lunch
I hid in the bush, set up my scope for digiscoping and saw lots of good
birds. Unfortunately, but not really,
2 Beautiful Firetails landed only 5 meters away from me. I wasn't able
to make a photo! A few minutes later a bird dropped in on the other end
of the fire dam and at that moment I had the videocamera on my tripod.
Spectacular birds! Other species that came in for a drink were Brush
Bronzewing, Yellow-faced, Crescent, White-naped, White-faced, New
Holland Honeyeaters, Little and Red Wattlebirds, Eastern Spinebill,
Red-browed Finch, Brown Thornbill, 1 female Pink and Yellow Robins. Just
awesome to see all these birds close-up. Best time was after 4pm when it
looked like your favourite pub at Fridays after work. A constant stream.
May be I should have stayed till after dark to see if any pigeons,
quails or parrots would drop in but I still had to drive for almost 2
hours to get home.

Missed out on Tawny-crowned HE but those firetails made my day.

Albert Vrielink

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