Rose Robin breeding (Vict.)

Subject: Rose Robin breeding (Vict.)
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 14:06:51 +1100
Mainly for Victorian based birdos.

A few interesting observations from last Saturday's (11 October) Friends 
of French Island (FoFI) National Park trip.  French Island is in Western 
Port, a Ramsar site.

- Eastern, Scarlet and Rose Robins, with the first documented record of 
Rose Robin breeding on the island (Blue.
- Whistling Kite, Swamp Harrier, Peregrine Falcon (in courtship flight), 
Wedge-tailed Eagle and White-bellied Sea-Eagle (breeding)
- a Koala on the Tankerton jetty (safely put back in the bush by a Parks 
Victoria ranger)
- 4 species of cuckoo (Horsfield Bronze, Shining Bronze, Pallid and 
- two species of sun-orchid, Milkmaids and various native blue bells 
putting on a lovely flower display in the sunshine

Great to see the Sea-Eagles sitting next to each other in coastal trees 
leading down to a secluded beach.  Interestingly the Peninsula Field 
Naturalists Club didn't see anything like what we picked up which reflects 
you need to be in the right habitat.  The Cape Barren Geese goslings we 
detected on the last trip (east end of Tankerton Rd.) are now well grown 
and just lacking the full adult colour of their parents.

The next FoFI trip will coincide with the BOCA Western Port wader count in 

cheers, Martin

Martin O'Brien
Wildlife Biologist - Threatened Species & Communities Section
Department of Sustainability and Environment
2/8 Nicholson St.,
East Melbourne  3002


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