Winter 2010

27th August 2010

* Juvenile Brown Goshawk – found roadkilled beside the Pyrenees Highway on the Moolort Plains – location.

* Single Brolga on lignum swamp at Cotswold.

* Flock of ~ 100 Straw-necked Ibis on shallow freshwater wetland at Cotswold – location.

17th August 2010

* Boobook Owl calling not far from our back door this evening at ~ 9.30pm.

14th August 2010

* Similar story to yesterday but with fewer Black-shouldered Kites ~ 15 today. Am fairly confident that there may be four Black Falcons present at the moment!

Juvenile Black-shouldered Kite, Moolort Plains, 14th August 2010

13th August 2010

* Large numbers of raptors on the Moolort Plains with 25-30 Black-shouldered Kites along Rodborough Rd, many Australian Kestrels and Brown Falcons. Pair of Black Falcons with possibly a third bird in the same area. Swamp Harrier further west past Locks Lane. Also saw a Whistling Kite and Wedge-tailed Eagle.

Swamp Harrier, Moolort Plains, 13th August 2010

* Small party of Black-winged Stilts on Lignum Swamp at Cotswold [location]. No sign of the Brolgas.

10th August 2010

* Pair of Grey Currawongs near corner of Rilens Road and Box Track, Muckleford State Forest [location].

* Swift Parrots ~ 10 near junction of Sullivans Track and Spring Hill Track [location] – feeding on lerps including some low down in small Yellow Gums.

6th August 2010

* A few Swift Parrots seen and heard near junction of Sullivans Track and Spring Hill Track

* Fan-tailed Cuckoo heard calling on dusk near Newstead Primary School

4th August 2010

* Flock of ~ 8 Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos near intersection of Rodborough Rd and Clunes Rd [location] this morning at 8.30am.

* Single Black Falcon seen at corner of Rodborough Rd and Clarks Lane [location].

Black Falcon, Rodborough Road, 4th August 2010

* Brolga pair still in same lignum swamp at Cotswold – now filling nicely with water so suspect will attempt to breed.

31st July 2010

* Black Falcon in paddock just west of Clarks Lane [location], later seen soaring over Rodborough Rd.

Soaring Black Falcon, Moolort Plains, 31st July 2010

* Brolga pair in same location at Cotswold.

30th July 2010

* Wedge-tailed Eagle cruising over the centre of Newstead at about 1pm today.

25th July 2010

* Little Eagle over Mia Mia Track.

Little Eagle, Mia Mia Track, 25th July 2010

* Flame Robins numerous in the bush west of Mia Mia Track. Also Little Lorikeets seen flying over.

24th July 2010

* Many raptors across the Moolort Plains including two Black Falcons (one with Whistling Kite and Black Kite on Rodborough Rd, the other along Clarks Lane). Also seen: Wedge-tailed Eagle (near Walkers Swamp), many Australian Kestrels, Brown Falcons and Black-shouldered Kites.

22nd July 2010

* Brolga pair in same location at Cotswold

15th July 2010

* Quite a number of Peaceful Doves in ones and twos in open woodland above Muckleford Gorge

14th July 2010

* Male Hooded Robin on Spring Hill Track – location

* Two seperate groups of White-browed Babblers along Mia Mia Track near ornamental Eucalypt plantation.

12th July 2010

* Pair of Brolgas at Cotswold – same pair … same place!

Brolgas and wind turbines, Cotswold, 12th July 2010

11th July 2010

* Lone Black Falcon perched on fence post beside the road on Clarke’s Lane – location.

9th July 2010

* Wedge-tailed Eagle soaring over Cemetery Rd, Newstead.

Wedge-tailed Eagle, Cemetery Rd Newstead, 9th July 2010

7th July 2010

* Small groups of Swift Parrots along Spring Hill Track, near Sullivans Track (<10) and Mia Mia Track (20+) – see post.

Swift Parrot near Mia Mia Track, 7th July 2010

4th July 2010

* Noisy Friarbird mobbed by smaller honeyeaters – south of Clarke Lane, Newstead [location].

* Brolgas again in same location at Cotswold feeding in lignum swamp at north end of paddock.

* Pair of courting Whistling Kites harried by a single Brown Goshawk at Rodborough. Usual numbers of Brown Falcons, Black-shouldered Kites and Nankeen Kestrels.

Dark phase Brown Falcon, Moolort, 4th July 2010

3rd July 2010

* Single Wedge-tailed Eagle cruising north over the centre of Newstead township.

30th June 2010

* Pair of Hooded Robins near Sullivans Track [location]. Flock of Swift Parrots nearby around Spring Hill Track – see post.

Male Hooded Robin chasing insects, near Sullivans Track, 30th June 2010

* Pair of Red-capped Robins near Thornhill Reef Quartz Roasting kilns off Demo Track [location]. Also seen here were Scarlet Robin, Flame Robin, Golden Whistler, Brown Thornbill, Buff-rumped and Yellow-rumped Thornbills, White-naped Honeyeater, Yellow-faced and Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters.

28th June 2010

* Pair of Brolgas at Cotswold in same location as sighted on 15th and 21st June .

* Single adult Blue-winged Parrot at Glengower – same location as 21st of June.

* Spotted Harrier and Australian Hobby just south of Walkers Swamp.

27th June 2010

* Roadkilled Barn Owl at Joyces Creek – see post plus Brown Falcon, Nankeen Kestrel, Black-shouldered Kite and Whistling Kite between Locks Lane and Joyces Creek.

21st June 2010

* Pair of Brolgas at Cotswold in same location as reported on 15th June.

Brolgas, Cotswold, 21st June 2010

* Flock of between 20 and 30 Blue-winged Parrots south west of Glengower [location] along with a number of Singing Bushlarks along fencelines and roadside.

* Diamond Firetails (one carrying nesting material) on Tangeys Lane, Newstead.

* Flock of ~ 10 Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos sighted just north-west of Mt Franklin flying towards a pine plantation on the flanks.

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, Mount Franklin, 21st June 2010

20th June 2010

* Flock of 6 Swift Parrots at junction of Spring Hill and Sullivans Tracks – location

* Party of 3 Grey Currawongs at junction of Mia Mia Rd and Mia Mia Track.

* Pair of  Brown Falcons on south side of Newstead Racecourse Reserve and a single Nankeen Kestrel just west of the Loddon River bridge at Newstead.

19th June 2010

* Single Black Falcon cruising low and fast in pursuit of birds at Walkers Swamp [location] on the Moolort Plains.

* Party of White-browed Babblers and flock of Black-chinned Honeyeaters at Pound Lane, Newstead.

White-browed Babbler, Pound Lane, 19th June 2010

18th June 2010

* Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos – flock of ~ 30 over Newstead Primary School at 3pm today. Note that this same flock was reported at Strangways by the Prest family at 8.30am on the 19th June.

17th June 2010

* Single Black Falcon overhead just west of Plaistow homestead at Strathlea [location] – see post for this and details of other raptors sighted across the Moolort Plains.

16th June 2010

* Whistling Kite circling over the highway bridge on the Loddon River @ Newstead.

15th June 2010

* Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve – a number of small flocks of Swift Parrots ~ 25 – 30 in total. One bird (pictured) feeding on Yellow Box fruits. Also a flock of Black-chinned Honeyeaters.

Swift Parrot feeding on Yellow Box fruits, Rise and Shine, 15th June 2010

* Pair of Red-capped Robins near Captains Gully Rd [location].

* Pair of Brolgas at the southern edge of the Moolort Plains at Cotswold [location] feeding in grazing paddock – see post. Also a small flock of Zebra Finches in roadside vegetation.

* Gough’s Range near Welshmans Reef [location]Red-capped Robin, Scarlet Robin and many Flame Robins. Also Speckled Warbler, Buff-rumped Thornbill, Striated Thornbill, Varied Sitella and Weebills.

14th June 2010

* Female Hooded Robin on Cemetery Rd [location] along with a number of Jacky Winters providing a nice contrast. Pretty unusual to see a Hooded Robin in such open country.

This believe it or not is a female Hooded Robin, Cemetery Rd Newstead, 14th June 2010

* Muckleford Gorge – Lots of Flame Robins, a Golden Whistler (male) and single Diamond Firetail seen this morning.

* Dusky Woodswallows high over Spring Hill Track.

12th June 2010

* Spotted Quail-thrush just north of Spring Hill Track [location]. White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Hooded [location] and Scarlet Robins in same general area.

8th June 2010

* Pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles perched in dead Red Stringybark on Malcolm Fyffe’s property at Providence Gully – location.

7th June 2010

* Mia Mia Track – on a brief visit today had good views of a flock of 4 Swift Parrots in the firewood harvesting area [location].

6th June 2010

* Loddon River at Newstead – a few Swift Parrots heard and seen in the area around “The Island”. Family of Whistling Kites with nest – see post.

* Black Falcons – a pair along Rodborough Road plus lots of Black-shouldered Kites, Australian Kestrels, Brown Falcons, Whistling Kite and a pair of Black Kites.

4th June 2010

* Boundary Gully, Moolort Plains – Party of ~ 8 Australasian Grebes, Chestnut-breasted Shelducks and Black-fronted Plovers.

* Locks Lane, Moolort Plains – Australian Hobby plus pair of Spotted  Harriers along Rodborough Rd. The usual assortment of other raptors; Brown Falcons, Black-shouldered Kites, Nankeen Kestrels and a Wedge-tailed Eagle.

Australian Hobby, Locks Lane, 4th June 2010

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