Malleefowl on The World Today

To: Ross Macfarlane <>
Subject: Malleefowl on The World Today
From: Tun Pin Ong <>
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:37:55 +1100
Hi Ross,
Thank you for your latest update on Malleefowl.
I am planning to drive from Canberra to look for them in this coming Easter 
I would be happy if Malleefowl is the only bird I see for the trip. However any 
recommendation on other good places nearby would be great. I wonder if anyone 
knows of recent good sites for Mallee Emu Wren, Scarlet Parrot, or any local 
I will be traveling alone in my city car and most likely base in Mildura so I 
will not venture too far from major tracks or major car park/camp site in 
National Parks, unless I bump into helpful and seasoned birders willing to show 
me the way.
Thank you in advance for your inputs, whether to this group or in private 
Happy Easter Holiday!
Tun Pin ONG

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On 27/03/2013, at 6:19 PM, "Ross Macfarlane" <> wrote:

> For the interest of list members: Stephanie Corsetti, an ABC journalist now 
> based in Mildura, attended the Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group's 
> reporting back weekend in Ouyen last Saturday, and interviewed our President 
> Peter Stokie and ecologist Dr Joe Benshemesh. Joe took the opportunity to 
> make a point about the potential impact of the Victorian government policy on 
> controlled burning, arising out of the Black Saturday Bushfires Royal 
> Commission.
> The story ran on The World Today on Monday, which was brilliant. You can hear 
> / read it here: 
>  |
> The interest in malleefowl in the Ouyen area is huge because of the birds on 
> the roadside along the Ouyen-Patchewollock Road. We had a lot of people turn 
> up to our community forum in the morning and to our afternoon meeting, and I 
> even gave a talk at the local aged care hostel, because people who have lived 
> in the area all their lives have never seen anything like it.
> I also got to drive the road where that (now-famous) photo was taken. I only 
> (only!) got to see 4 birds - 2 pairs, including these 2:
> The local council has done its bit to protect the birds on the road:
> ... and so have the locals:
> The phenomenon of the malleefowl on the roadside has become a local tourist 
> attraction. Every night cars are driving up and down the road with a running 
> competition for the most that can be seen. The record I've heard is 88 - that 
> was back in January, but 35 were still seen over the weekend.
> These photos (and a lot more) were taken when the aged care hostel ran 2 
> buses down the road a few weeks ago (they counted 55):
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