Wetland birds Nth East Victoria

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Subject: Wetland birds Nth East Victoria
From: Dr Mark Carey <>
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2012 14:37:00 +1000
Over the past couple of days I've had the opportunity to survey several 
wetlands in north east Victoria, between Rutherglen and the Ovens River.  With 
good summer rains many of the wetlands are full or near capacity and are 
brimming with birdlife.  All wetlands are on private property and many 
landholders expect the water to remain through winter (providing we get winter 
Highlights were seeing hundreds of Grey Teal (some pairs with young), Pacific 
Black Ducks, Australasian Shoveler, Australian Shelduck and Australian Wood 
Duck (some with young) on one wetland, 50+ Australasian Grebe, 13 Pelicans, 
Great, Little Black, Pied and Little Pied Cormorants, Purple Swamphens, Black 
Swans (one on a nest), Royal and Yellow-billed Spoonbills, Straw-necked and 
Australian White Ibis, 4 species of Egret - Great, Intermediate, Little and 
Cattle, White-faced Heron (47 on one wetland), White-necked Herons and 
Black-fronted Dotterels.  
Raptors included: Little Eagles, Swamp Harrier, Whistling Kite, Brown Falcon, 
Nankeen Kestrel and Black-shouldered Kites.
Grey-crowned Babblers were common in suitable habitat, mostly along roadsides.  
Other birds were, a pair of Sacred Kingfishers, Kookaburra, Eastern Rosella, 
Yellow Rosella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Galah, Little Corella, Red-rumped 
Parrot, Willie Wagtails, Magpie, Welcome Swallow, Little Friarbirds, Noisy 
Friarbird, Red Wattlebird, White-plumed Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Restless 
Flycatcher, Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike, Magpie Lark, Australian Raven, 
Apostlebird, White-winged Chough, Dusky Woodswallow, Tree Martins, Brown Quail, 
Masked Lapwing, Crested Pigeon, Yellow-rumped Thornbill.

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