Morgan Conservation Park

Subject: Morgan Conservation Park
From: Jason Polak <>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2020 09:42:04 -0400
In the Yarra Bend Park it is sometimes possible to see at least around
10 in the winter, when the Gang-gang Cockatoo sometimes visits. In this
case the most likely list would be:

Red-rumped Parrot
Australian King Parrot
Gang-gang Cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Rainbow Lorikeet
Eastern Rosella
Long-billed Corella
Sulplur-crested Cockatoo
Little Corella

Assuming Cockatoos are included. Of course this is actually 10, not more
than 10, and we only made a list like this maybe 1-2 times in the over
50 times we've tried.


On 2020-05-23 4:26 a.m., Steve Read wrote:
> Hi all
> To pick up on the comment from Bob and Roly below, "can anyone quote seeing
> more than 10 different species of parrot within 30 minutes anywhere in
> Australia?" - were cockatoos included in that number?
> If cockatoos were included with the parrots, then I reckon my typical
> 15-minute morning walk to the bus-stop through a south Canberra suburb in
> the days before we worked from home would almost always pick up 7 species
> seen or heard (Eastern Rosella, Crimson Rosella, Red-rumped Parrot, Rainbow
> Lorikeet, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Little Corella, Galah) with another 3
> species often seen depending on chance and the season (King-parrot, Superb
> Parrot, Gang-gang); in addition, the flocks of Little Corella contained the
> occasional Long-billed Corella, and at times Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos
> would drift out of the pine trees by the bus-stop. A total of 10 different
> species in those 15 minutes would have been noteworthy, but possible.
> I wonder how other large city suburbs would compare? Individual species
> would of course differ.
> Steve
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> Trish Sothman
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Morgan Conservation Park
> A relatively rare post from South Australia – this time on Morgan
> Conservation Park.
> Roly Lloyd & I have been going to Morgan a few times per year for 20+ years
> as it was a brilliant place for birds.  During the last major drought, the
> wetlands which includes several ha of open water beside the Murray River
> completely dried out for several years but filled up a few years ago.
> However very few waterbirds returned. We speculated that was because the
> open water wetland was dry for so long all the “little creatures” perished
> so there was little food for many of the waterbirds – but we don’t know.
> Last Wednesday the water level in the lake had dropped considerably (since
> our last visit a month ago) exposing large areas of “mud”. It was great to
> see 100s of Pied Stilts, several 100 ducks (5 species) plus lots of other
> waterbirds.  A highlight was an adult White-bellied Sea-eagle which flew
> over stirring up most of the birds. It is the first time we had seen a
> White-bellied Sea-eagle at Morgan (although it is not that uncommon for them
> to travel up the Murray). Another highlight was 6 Regent Parrots, surely one
> of the most impressive parrots in Australia which we regularly see in the
> area (although not always) and is just one of the reasons we keep going back
> to Morgan.
> As well we saw 10 different “parrot” species over about 30 minutes in the
> Morgan Conservation Park. Surely this must be close to a record for all of
> Australia ie can anyone quote seeing more than 10 different species of
> parrot within 30 minutes anywhere in Australia?
> Another Morgan highlight is the extensive mallee nearby; unfortunately,
> there is absolutely no doubt that the number of birds in this mallee area
> has dropped alarmingly over the last 20 years and the decline of many
> species has accelerated in recent years.
> Bob Sothman & Roly lloyd
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