I visited the site during Easter on 29 and 30 March. Counted about 10 in the
late afternoons but saw none in the morning.
I found one pecking at the junction of Ouyen-Patchewollock Road. That part of
the road was blocked so there was no vehicle passing and hence there should not
be any spilt seed found along that short stretch of road unless it was blocked
Feeding on the bitumen road.
Another question is since they like eating the seed, why don't they feed in the
crop field nearby? That could be the answer when later I stumbled upon a pair
walking on the field not far from the famous road.
Photo link attached below.
Also found a road kill but it was gone the next morning, presumably taken by
night time scavenger.
Many thanks to those who reported the sighting earlier and those who replied in
private to help me plan my trip.
Tun Pin Ong
Sent from my iPhone
On 07/04/2013, at 5:38 AM, Paul Dodd <> wrote:
> The story goes that a truck carrying canola seed was trailing a line of seed
> along about 8-10km of this road about two months ago. The Malleefowl were
> attracted to this seed, partly because some of their habitat had been damaged
> by fire, and partly because they just like the seed, I guess. Apparently
> there has been some road kill - the locals are good and travel slowly along
> the road, but others not not. There are large warning signs that have been
> erected at either end of the strip, supplemented by many hand-painted signs
> along the way.
> Paul Dodd
> Docklands, Victoria
> Sent from my iPhone
> On 07/04/2013, at 12:51 AM, Chris Corben <> wrote:
>> Hi all - I didn't follow this thread as closely as I would have liked.
>> Has there been any discussion of what sort of extreme stress is causing this
>> behaviour? Are they getting killed by vehicles? Why is it happening?
>> Cheers, Chris.
>> On 04/06/2013 04:39 AM, Paul Dodd wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> Ruth and I have just seen 36 Malleefowl along the Ouyen-Patchewollock Road.
>>> Maximum seen at any one time was four, but they were pretty well
>>> distributed along several kilometres of the road. Perhaps not as
>>> spectacular as the initial sightings, but still an absolutely amazing
>>> experience seeing such a rare and cryptic bird in such numbers!
>>> Paul Dodd
>>> Docklands, Victoria
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> To unsubscribe from this mailing list,
>>> send the message:
>>> (in the body of the message, with no Subject line)
>> To unsubscribe from this mailing list,
>> send the message:
>> (in the body of the message, with no Subject line)
> To unsubscribe from this mailing list,
> send the message:
> (in the body of the message, with no Subject line)
To unsubscribe from this mailing list,
send the message:
(in the body of the message, with no Subject line)