East Gippsland, Vic

To: Far South Coast Birdwatchers <>
Subject: East Gippsland, Vic
From: David Clark <>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:02:16 +1100

The Spotted Harrier was at the approach to the northern end of the
airstrip.  It was flying from the direction of the lake towards Arthur
Kaine Drive.

I wouldn't have been too confident of my identification of the Black Falcon
but I had very good views of one at Mallacoota a few years ago and know
that they occasionally appear in your part of the world.  I was more or
less anticipating the second sighting and it was very clear.

We saw a couple of Whipbirds at Bournda and my wife saw several when she
was walking on Elizabeth Street in Merimbula.  The variation in Whipbird
calls in Merimbula was interesting.

We had a great view of a male Lyrebird on our way back to the highway from
Wallagaraugh River Retreat this morning.



On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 8:07 AM, Far South Coast Birdwatchers <
> wrote:

> David
> Yes the Spotted Harrier is one of two being seen fairly regularly lately
> over a wide range between Merimbula/Pambula/Candelo area. Can you tell me
> where in Merimbula you saw it. It has been on the Merimbula bypass road for
> a couple of weeks so that is possibly the spot.
> We don't have many records of Black Falcon but 2009 had 2 sightings at
> Bournda and a few weeks ago Dan Weller had one in Merimbula. You weren't
> with him were you?
> Another fearless bird here is the whipbird which visitors find
> extraordinary to see out in the open.
> Regards
> Barbara Jones
> -----Original Message----- From: David Clark
> Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 9:27 PM
> To: Jenny Spry
> Cc: birding-aus
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] East Gippsland, Vic
> I was at Cape Conran last week and will be returning to East Gippsland
> tomorrow.
> 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
> people.
> I should say that I saw a Black Falcon (twice) at Bournda and a Spotted
> Harrier at Merimbula.
> Cheers
> David
> 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.
>> cheers
>> Jenny
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