In September we had a combined Orange-bellied Parrot (OBP) survey and bird walk. We had lovely warm weather, which is unusual for an OBP survey.

What raptor is that?
What raptor is that?

The Orange-bellied Parrots were, as usual, not to be seen and, disappointingly, there were also no Blue-winged Parrots either as they flock together.

Unexpected water
Unexpected water

We did however see the unexpected sight of Red-rumped Parrots and Eastern Rosellas using nesting boxes provided by the Victorian Field and Game society.

Red-rumped Parrots
Red-rumped Parrots

Eastern Rosellas
Eastern Rosellas

Two pairs of Brolgas were a highlight, as were a pair of Whistling Kites nesting in the only gum tree in one area. A Magpie Lark nest was just below...brave birds!


Shared tree for Whistling Kites & Magpie Larks
Shared tree for Whistling Kites & Magpie Larks

There were surprisingly few ducks, but masses of Coots.

Spoonbills & other waterbirds
Spoonbills & other waterbirds

After the survey we went and had a quick look at Lake Murtnagurt and were pleased to see a number of Maned Stilts and a few Avocets. Finally, a quick stop at Blue Rocks, where we saw one Pacific Golden Plover still in breeding plumage...the 50th bird species!

Pacific Golden Plover
Pacific Golden Plover

Below are all the birds identified, where they were seen or heard and the number of birds:

B- Baensch’s Lane, H - Hospital Swamp, M- Lake Murtnaghurt

1. Black Swan B 10, H15, M 35
2. Australian Shelduck B 2, H 1
3. Grey Teal M 50
4. Chestnut Teal B 5, M 40
5. Hoary-headed Grebe B 30
6. Crested Pigeon B Lane south 3
7. Great Cormorant M 2
8. Little Pied Cormorant H 2
9. Little Black Cormorant H 2
10. Australian Pelican H 20
11. Eastern Great Egret B 1, H 2
12. White-faced Heron H 1
13. Australian White Ibis B 12, H 11
14. Straw-necked Ibis B 70, H 45
15. Royal Spoonbill 7 H
16. Yellow-billed Spoonbill H 2
17. Whistling Kite B 2, H 3
18. Swamp Harrier B 5, H 5
19. Brown Falcon H 1
20. Brolga B 2, H 2
21. Purple Swamphen B 25, H 15
22. Eurasian Coot B 1000
23. Black-winged Stilt B 35
24. Red-necked Avocet M 3
25. Banded Stilt M 40
26. Pacific Golden Plover Blue Rocks 1
27. Black-fronted Dotterel H 2
28. Red-kneed Dotterel H 2
29. Masked Lapwing B 3, M 3
30.Sharp-tailed Sandpiper B 5, M 3
31.Caspian Tern H 1
32.Silver Gull M 10
33.Galah Breamlea 6
34. Eastern Rosella H 2
35.Red-rumped Parrot B 10
36. Horsefield’s Bronze-Cuckoo B 1
37.Superb Fairy-wren B 4, H 6
38.White-plumed Honeyeater H 6
39.White-fronted Chat B 16
40.Australian Magpie B 50, H 6
41. Grey Fantail B 1
42.Willy Wagtail H 4
43.Little Raven B 10, M 2
44. Magpie-lark B 4,
45. Eurasian Skylark H 1 (heard)
45.Australian Reed-Warbler B 10, (heard)
47.Little Grassbird B 8, H 1 ( all heard)
48.Welcome Swallow B 30,
49.Common Starling B 150
50. House Sparrow B (heard)

Ellinor Campbell 

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