Trip report: Shepparton and Reedy Swamp

To: Tim Dolby <>
Subject: Trip report: Shepparton and Reedy Swamp
From: Bill Stent <>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:34:56 +1100

Thanks, Tim!  LFB is already in the list.


On 30/11/2014, at 3:20 PM, Tim Dolby <> wrote:

> Hey Bill,
> Nice report. The call in question is a Little Friarbird - nice recording.
> Cheers,
> Tim
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> Stent 
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Trip report: Shepparton and Reedy Swamp
> A couple of weeks ago I asked for some recommendations for birding around 
> Shepparton, and the consensus was that I should visit Reedy Swamp.
> I ended up in Shepparton on Monday and Tuesday, and my work had me busy until 
> about 5pm on Monday, and starting again at 9 on Tuesday.
> On Monday evening I walked along the bike path from the town up towards 
> Cudgee Park. There had been a huge downpour that afternoon (with rain coming 
> in through the roof of the electorate office) and the sky was very heavy. I 
> didn't have an umbrella or raincoat, but I thought I'd risk getting wet. The 
> path follows the Goulburn River downstream from Shepparton, and the river 
> flows through some nice forest areas.  There were quite a few birds, but in 
> the gathering darkness I wasn't able to get much, although the calls were 
> good.  Best bird there was the Little Friarbird, which, coming from 
> Melbourne, was a bit of a treat.  I turned for home when the rain started 
> again, and got home in time for a huge dinner at the local RSL.  Chicken 
> Parmigiana, and a pint of Bulmers, of course. Mmm-mmm.
> On Tuesday morning, I got up at 5 and grabbed the fleet car (a nice brand-new 
> AWD Territory with immaculate brown metallic paint). I made it to the 
> northern end and worked my way back southwards. At the north end of the track 
> (which winds up the eastern side of the swamp) there were Bee-eaters, and 
> they appeared to be burrowing in the sand at the side of the road, which at 
> this point is along the crest of a sand ridge (would you call it a lunette?). 
> When I arrived they retired to a nearby tree, and posed nicely in the 
> sunrise. 
> Further south, the road goes through some forest before getting closer to the 
> swamp itself. I stopped the car (which by now, after the rain the previous 
> day, was sporting quite a lot of mud, including some on the roof) and 
> approached the swamp. Rather than being wet, it was mainly silty mud, which I 
> didn't walk on for fear of getting stuck. Out in the middle a few stags 
> stand, and on one there was a juvenile Whistling Kite. An adult was cruising 
> up and down the swamp, being seen off by anything that was brave enough. 
>  Around the edge, lots of smaller birds, like Superb Fairy Wrens and Red 
> Browed Finches were reasonably common.
> I might be wrong here, but I think I got both Brown and White-Throated 
> Treecreepers here. The Brown TCs were investigating a stump out in the swamp, 
> while the White-Throateds were in the forest around the edge.  They were 
> pretty distant, but the calls separated them.
> While on the subject of calls, I've put a snippet on the Birding-Aus Facebook 
> page of a call - I know I've heard this many times, ut I'm not amazing at 
> calls, and I just can't bring it to mind. Can anyone help me?  It's the 
> repeated "kwow, kwow".  
> All in all, a nice way to spend the spare time while out with work. I had a 
> bit of explaining to do when returning the car, but the rest of the guys 
> thought it lent an air of "rural cred". Many thanks to those who made 
> suggestions!
> The list for the two days is as follows:
> Species Name
> Pacific Black Duck
> Brown Quail
> Australian White Ibis
> Black-shouldered Kite (Australian)
> Whistling Kite
> Masked Lapwing
> Spotted Dove
> Laughing Kookaburra
> Sacred Kingfisher
> Rainbow Bee-eater
> Dollarbird
> Galah
> Long-billed Corella
> Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
> Eastern Rosella
> Red-rumped Parrot
> White-throated Treecreeper
> Brown Treecreeper
> Superb Fairy-wren
> White-plumed Honeyeater
> Noisy Miner
> Red Wattlebird
> Little Friarbird
> Spotted Pardalote
> Striated Pardalote
> Australian Magpie
> Black-faced Cuckooshrike
> Rufous Whistler
> Willie Wagtail
> Grey Fantail
> Magpie-lark
> Australian Raven
> White-winged Chough
> Welcome Swallow
> Silvereye
> Common Blackbird
> Common Myna
> Common Starling
> House Sparrow
> Red-browed Finch
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