Trip report - Chiltern Dec 07/Jan 08

Subject: Trip report - Chiltern Dec 07/Jan 08
Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2008 16:28:44 +1100
A brief report for a weeks trip to the Chiltern box-ironbark woodlands and 
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park in Victoria's north east.

Date: 27 December 2007 - 3 January 2008
Weather: fine, hot days with mostly cool nights.  Temperatures each day 
around 30+ Celsius.

The Chiltern area of the national park is continuing to show the effects 
of reduced rainfall.  The understorey in many places was largely absent. 
some dams were dry and in a few places many trees were showing signs of 
water stress and/or insect damage with the outer twigs lacking leaf cover. 
 The past season had experienced little flowering or nectar production in 
the ironbarks and this has contributed to the lack of honeyeaters and 
small insectivorous birds normally found in this area.

Both the abundance and variety of birds was noticeably down this summer 
compared to summer 05/06.

Some of the more interesting sightings during our week there are as 
Glossy Ibis - single birds recorded at Chiltern Valley Dam no. 1, CV dam 
no. 2 and the 'Barambogie Block' of the park near the freeway.
Australasian Shoveler at Barambogie Block (this tends to be the most 
regular site the species appears in at Chiltern).
A single Intermediate Egret at Chiltern Valley dam no. 1
Latham's Snipe at CV dam no. 1 and Barambogie Block
Leaden Flycatcher (pair) off Koala Tk
Dollarbird at Chiltern Valley dam no. 2
Bee-eaters near Skeleton Hill Tk.

Although hot, we got out in the mornings and late afternoon to record the 
above birds.  Always worth a trip to this area of Victoria.

cheers, Martin

Some relevant links
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park ->

Chiltern Bird Trails ->

Chiltern Historic Drive ->

Chiltern Information Centre ->

Walkabout Chiltern ->

Chiltern (Tourism Victoria web site) >

Martin O'Brien

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