The shortest day is suddenly approaching, mid winter, generally the quietest time of year, however there is much to be seen as these sightings go to show. Bird tallies will be down a little on spring and summer, but many of our endemic specialities are resident in Victoria - click on photo below to see more
Back from a very successful 6 day tour around the mallee country of west and north-west Victoria as well as the vast plains of the riverina country this week with travelling companions Karen and Darryl chasing some rare and tricky target species.
The vast wetlands at Werribee’s Western Treatment Plant have been teeming with birds all summer.
After a massive 2017, 2018 has started with a great haul of over 200 bird species on a 3 day tour of southern and central Victoria.
Late spring into early summer is a fantastic time in Victoria. Some breeding birds have fledged young out and about, whilst the later spring arrivals and some more southerly resident birds are in peak breeding mode.
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2017 VICTORIAN MEGATOUR is now over, a very successful 10 day trip, full Trip Report available here to download.
In the bird world spring starts early. Although the weather remained icy until mid-September, our birds were well and truly gearing up for spring as soon as the winter solstice was out of the way. With local species nest building and becoming territorial, the various cuckoos need to be around and watching what is going on. This year’s influx has been significantly greater than normal.
Despite the shorter days and colder weather, there is plenty to keep the birding interesting here in the deep south of Australia. This photo of the beautifully cryptic Bassian Thrush found near Melbourne this week proves that a winter walk can be very rewarding. Albatross numbers reach their peak off the coast in winter and may be readily seen from land. The occasional Brown Skua and Giant-Petrel can add some spice.
. Some wetlands in the north are still holding large numbers of waterbirds following the bumper summer. A very high count of 870 Freckled Duck was exceptional at Lake Cooper, and a report of 16 endangered Australasian Bittern at Cullens Lake was also a very high count for one site.
In the course of a number of bird tours and reconnaissance trips across southern and northern Victoria in the last few weeks a mighty range of birds have been encountered.
Breaking news is of a Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Lake Murdeduke near Winchelsea, west of Melbourne.