I was at Cape Conran last week and will be returning to East Gippsland
While I didn't bother looking for birds, I was more than content to observe
those that came close to me. My best experience was a White-browed Scrub
Wren that perched on my big toe for approximately 30 seconds. The birds
there (and at Bournda NP and Merimbula) must be habituated to people and
are quite fearless in going about their business in close proximity to
I should say that I saw a Black Falcon (twice) at Bournda and a Spotted
Harrier at Merimbula.
On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 3:07 PM, Jenny Spry <> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I read an email here a few days back saying how wonderful East Gippsland is
> looking at the moment and I want to agree, totally. We went down for the
> Labour Day weekend and over 3 days I saw more than 100 species including
> the Beach Stone-curlew, Beautiful Firetail, Lyrebird, Large-billed
> Scrubwren, Southern Emu-wren, Pilotbird in full display in the sun at East
> Cape and three species of owl; Masked, Sooty and Powerful.
> Interestingly, after many years of birding, it was the first Powerful Owl I
> have seen at night. Normally I don't go looking for them in the dark, I
> just see them during the day with some possum clenched in a talon.
> My dip for the weekend? There has been a White-headed Pigeon hanging out on
> the power poles in Marlo, across from the hotel. We tried at least three
> times a day and there was no sign of it. Bother!
> We were based in Orbost but there are good caravan parks at Marlo too.
> There has been no fire damage south of the Princes Highway and the bush is
> in very good condition.
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