Bellarine Peninsula Victoria..

To: Michael Ramsey <>
Subject: Bellarine Peninsula Victoria..
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 10:37:17 +1100
Hi Michael

Check out Lake Victoria at Point Lonsdale. It's usually good for waders. Take Fellowes Rd, then west into Emily Street. There's a man-made lake at the end of the bitumen - worth having a quick check around this, and where the creek flows into it you sometimes get waders. Then drive another couple of hundred meters along Emily Street (on dirt, through a gateway) and park in the grassy area at the end. THe walking track takes you between the golf course and the lake. You can walk a further kilometer - if the track gets too boggy look for firmer ground on the dried shores of the lake - keep an eye out for Black-tailed Native Hen, Buff-banded Rail, Hooded Plover, Terek Sandpiper, and birds of prey. You'll probably see a few honeyeaters and coastal heath species as well.

A walk along the shores of Swan Bay near the Marine Discovery Centre can also be rewarding.

The Ocean Grove Nature Reserve used to have a good range of cuckoos and other summer visitors but the drought has impacted this area. You might see the resident Brown Goshawks, and it's one of the easier places to find Grey Currawong.

Point Lonsdale Lighthouse is the best place to sea-watch. Look for Gannets and Black-faced Cormorants flying in and out of the bay. You might stumble across other seabirds. Take a jacket - it's nearly always windier and colder at the lighthouse than you'd expect!

If you feel like a few carols at the end of the weekend, pop into Ocean Grove Carols in the Park, off Draper Street, from 7pm (ohh - was that a bit of advertising???!!! Blame the trombone player - me).

Good luck, and I might even see you at Lake Victoria if I get my work done!


Russell Woodford
Birding-Aus List Owner

Geelong   Victoria   Australia

On 10/12/2007, at 9:44 AM, Michael Ramsey wrote:

Hi all,

I will be travelling down to the Ocean Grove (Victoria) this weekend and have Saturday morning to explore.

Can anyone recommend good birding spots around the peninsula or a short itinerary for a mornings biridng. I guess my focus would be wetlands and the sea/coast.

Thanks in advance.

Michael Ramsey.
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