Colqhuon SF and Den of Nargon Birding

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Subject: Colqhuon SF and Den of Nargon Birding
From: Simon Mustoe <>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 00:16:32 +0000

Brett Lane and I just returned from a great couple of days of birding around 
the Bairnsdale-Sale area.

We went to Colqhuon State Forest on the vague off chance of looking for Masked 
Owls but didn't hear any. At the creek down Oil Bore Road is a great valley 
with a very diverse mix of birds. There is a gravel bike path along the length 
and it was absolutely brimming with honeyeaters. The red box were in flower.

Highlights included:

Fan-tailed, Shining Bronze, Brush and Pallid Cuckoos
Yellow-tufted, Yellow-faced, White-naped, Lewin's Honeyeaters
Emu (field margins next to the forest)
Gang Gang Cockatoos
Musk Lorikeets - vast numbers lerping
Satin Flycatcher
Spotted Quail Thrush - some great habitat. Got fantastic views down to a few 
metres of a female, with a male in the distance.
Rufous and Golden Whistler (former in dry forest up higher)
Olive-backed Oriole
Satin Bowerbird (great views of a couple of males)

And at night

Southern Boobooks (seemingly calling everywhere at night)
Greater and Sugar Gliders
Owlet Nightjar

At Den of Nargon we added:

Brown Gerygone
Black-faced Monarch
We also flushed another pair of Spotted Quail Thrush from the track, then 
minutes later, had more amazing views of a male and female Spotted Quail Thrush 
just metres from the track.

A great trip and highly recommended locations. Also, the latter is one of the 
most stunning places I have ever been in Victoria.


Simon Mustoe.

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