|Subject:||Part 1. Trip Report: NSW South Coast - East Gippsland - South Gippsland|
|Date:||Fri, 23 Jan 2009 15:58:02 +0900|
Day 1. 26/12/08
Left Sydney, headed for Murramarang NP. On the way stopped at
Upon arriving at a very windy
Later in the afternoon I heard an unusual call and found a Green Catbird moving around in a tree very close to our tent! This was a lifer for me and while watching it I also found Black-faced Monarch and Rufous Fantail.
That night 2
Day 2. 27/12/08
Our first stop of the day was at South Durras. At the inlet there were a few Pied Oyk's and about 2 Red-capped Dotterels. A bit further on we drove down
When we reached
It was getting quite stormy by the time we reached
Day 3. 28/12/08
On the Sunday morning Mum, Elliot and I went on the walk from the bay to Green Cape Lighthouse. Highlights consisted of: Crescent Honeyeater (Lifer! 2 females,1 male), Southern Emu-wren (Party of 5, 2 males, 3 females), Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Sacred Kingfisher (In low heath!?) and hearing Beautiful Firetails.
When we returned I found a Rufous Fantail and a Black-faced Monarch in the bush behind the campsite.
Day 4. 29/12/08
We said goodbye to Ben Boyd and ventured south for Wallagaraugh, which is north of Gypsy Point.
On the way we made a slight detour down to
When we finally arrived at Wallagaruagh we were greated by 2 Wedge-tailed Eagles soaring over the river.
From Wallagaraugh we drove into Mallacoota. From Stephenson's Point I could see over 50 Little Terns on the sandbar. Other birds in the inlet: Eastern Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Pacific Gull and a Whistling Kite.
Day 5. 30/12/08
On Tuesday we had an all-weather-day, but it was sunny in the morning so I went for a walk along the southern end of Piesley's Rd. Highlights of the walk were: 2 Topknot Pigeons loafing in trees about 800m down from the campsite entrance, juvenile Brush Cuckoo being fed by female Golden Whistler and hearing Cicadabird and Black-faced Monarch.
When Mum, Dad and Elliot were ready we went to Double Creek. Although it wasn't raining the weather was very overcast at the Nature Trail. So the best I got was: Large-billed Thornbill, Brown Gerygone and a Koala. At Double Creek Arm on the other side of the road we found: Numerous Black-faced Monarchs, a female Rose Robin and a male Mistletoebird.
Dad then did some 4WDing west of Mallacoota and we eventually ended up at
Day 6. 31/12/08
On the way to Nicholson we made a few stops. The first of these was Wingan Inlet. We walked down to the beach and along the way saw: Brown Gerygone, male and juvenile Rose Robin and Sacred Kingfisher. At the beach we
Our next stop was at the Bemm River Rainforest Walk. Here we saw another 2 male Rose Robins and a Rufous Fantail.
After passing through Lakes Entrance we stopped at the lookout where you can see the inlet.
From here we could seen down onto a rock wall which had all of
As soon as I stepped out of the car I knew we were in for a long night. Not just because of the NYE Revellers, but because of the huge colony of Bell Miners which had made the trees around the campsite their home. ;)
During our stay I observed: loads of Common Bronzewings, Restless Flycatcher and a Tawny Frogmouth.
Day 7. 1/01/09
I farewelled the Bell Miners and we left Nicholson for Foster. On the way we made a very productive stop at McLeod’s Morass near Bairnsdale. In just half-an-hour I counted 34 species, the highlights being: 6 Blue-billed Ducks (Lifer! 4 females, 2 immature), 1 Spotless Crake (Lifer), 1 Spotted Crake, 2 Red-kneed Dotterels and 2 Latham’s Snipe (Lifer, finally).
We had a few smaller stops along the way; Mitchell River Silt Jetties and
We arrived at Foster and were just in time to put the tent up before the rain began belting down. Things weren’t looking good for
Day 8. 2/01/09 Foster
Friday was very on and off for the weather, but we braved it anyway and drove down to the ‘Prom’. The start of the day was quite cold and windy but eventually the sun came out and the day turned out to be pretty good. Birding highlights for the day were: Brown Goshawk bursting out of low heath at
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