The 45 minute drive down from our digs at Torrumbarry resulted in stops to view brown falcon, white-fronted chat, Australasian pipit, brolga (did I mention?) & long-billed corella.
In the cool temperate rainforest & other bush surrounding Melbourne you can't leave a track, even if you wanted to, without a machete. It was strangely satisfying to walk in and amongst the actual bird habitat rather than view it from a track. Although I did do less of this after we saw several long reptiles.
|Native pine and grasses|
|The Mitiamo cemetery section|
|Climbing Mt Terrick|
The day was warm and we were there from about 10am until 3pm - not ideal for birding. Several sightings were lifers (of these a couple were suspected at the time but confirmed by photograph later on) but I feel we really dipped on a variety of honeyeaters that are often seen.
|Black-faced cuckoo shrike -|
the immature birds still get me thinking I might
have something new!
|Rufous songlark (above & below)|
AKA Noisius buggeris
|Mistletoebird (after a big night I think)|
|Southern whiteface (needs a wash)|
Hannah was great company and started keeping her own list. She pays greater attention to bird counts than I can be bothered with at times!
|Written while driving on gravel|
Please excuse hand-writing!
To the north of the forested section of the Park are some areas of designated Park described as native grassland. We had a brief look at the grasslands (didn't get out of the car) where people try to see Plains wanderer (at night I think). We found them difficult to distinguish from the farmed paddocks - some of the locals indicate that they are farmed paddocks (or have been).
I am very grateful to Peter Allen & Keith Stockwell's birding guide for Terrick published via Echuca BOCA's website:
And thanks to Tim Bawden for suggesting the place.
We were also hoping to see Diamond firetail but that's another story....