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Beginners Outing to Hawkestowe Park and Morang Wetlands

26 September 2015
Leaders: Hazel and Alan Veevers; Species count: 62

Glorious spring weather and some great bird sightings produced an excellent day for the 26 participants. On the way to Morang Wetlands, the very first Red Gum yielded several species, including Striated Pardalote, Musk and Rainbow Lorikeets. This set the tone for Parrot sightings as 10 species were spotted during the day, amongst which were Gang-gang Cockatoos, Little and Long-billed Corellas, Eastern and Crimson Rosellas, and Red-rumped Parrots.

Photo by Eleanor Dilley
Photo by Eleanor Dilley

Taking the Ridge Track around the wetlands we had a fantastic view, from above, of nesting Wedge-tailed Eagles. When the adults left the nest we saw two fluffy white chicks poking their necks above the top of the massive nest, waiting for the next feed. Our vantage point gave terrific views of the adults gliding past, much to the delight of the beginners. Above us, a Horsefield’s Bronze-Cuckoo called persistently whilst Dusky Woodswallows flew overhead, occasionally alighting on branches of nearby trees.

Photo by Eleanor Dilley
Photo by Eleanor Dilley

A pair of Wood Ducks shepherded 16 chicks away from us as we watched many of the common water birds loafing in the wetlands. Large mobs of Eastern Grey Kangaroos appeared almost everywhere and an Echidna nuzzled in the grass alongside the track, providing additional creatures to interest us.

After lunch we went down to Le Page Homestead and did a short return walk alongside the Plenty River. The different environment contained Yellow-faced, White-eared and White-naped Honeyeaters as well as Eastern Yellow Robin, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo and Fan-tailed Cuckoo. We ended the outing with a count of 62 species and, though a little weary, were well satisfied with a day out in this suburban park.

See bird list: BM Sept 2015 Bird List Hawkestowe Park & Morang Wetlands

Beginners outing to Hawkestowe Park and Morang Wetlands

24 May 2014; leaders: Hazel and Alan Veevers

Species count: 56

Thirty-five members gathered in near perfect weather conditions in Red Gum Car Park. We headed north, across grassland, towards Morang Wetlands, soon coming across a male Scarlet Robin in a hedge-like row of trees and bushes. Also, a few Musk Lorikeets were located feeding in a flowering Eucalypt. The wetlands produced a good number of species, highlights being a pair of Australasian Darters circling on thermals above us and a White-necked Heron in full breeding plumage sitting on top of a waterfowl nest box amidst the reeds. Several Australasian Shovelers on a large log provided good views for the beginners.

After lunch, near the cars, we walked down to Le Page Homestead and spent some time identifying the waterbirds in and around the small lake. An Australasian Grebe in non-breeding plumage tested the experts’ abilities to explain to the uninitiated the subtle differences between it and an imaginary Hoary-headed Grebe (we had seen some earlier at the wetlands). The ‘lucky ones’ were fortunate to see a Spotless Crake on the muddy bank. Male and female Scarlet Robins were seen in nearby trees and again after we had regained the ridge track to head back to the cars. Male and female Flame Robins were also spotted on the grassy ridge. Literally hundreds of Grey Kangaroos noticed our presence on their land, to the delight of the photographers amongst us. No raptors had been seen until a few minutes after the final bird call when, as some had already begun their drive home, the remaining members were treated to a pair of low-flying Wedge-tailed Eagles which landed on a nearby tree, eventually being driven off by mobbing Magpies. A fitting end to a great day’s birding.

Outing to Yellow Gum Reserve and Morang Wetlands

27 November 2013, species count 65

Warm, hazy day, light breeze, 27 people with Hazel and Alan Veevers leading. At Yellow Gum calls included Spotted Pardalote, Olive-backed Oriole, Mistletoebird and Grey Shrike-thrush. Peregrine Falcon and Common Bronzewing flew past. Waterbirds were Dusky Moorhen, Pacific Black Duck and Australian Wood Duck while Eastern Rosella, Grey Fantail and Yellow-rumped Thornbill were also seen.  Species count here was 34.

At Morang Wetlands Masked  Lapwing were vociferous and Hoary-headed and Australasian Grebe were added. Other waterbirds were Grey and Chestnut Teal, Hardhead and a pair of Dusky Moorhen with young. Red-kneed and Black-fronted Dotterel flushed briefly. A highlight was the nest exchange of 2 Willie Wagtail. Interestingly, Welcome Swallows were harassing a Masked Lapwing as it flew. A Wedge-tailed Eagle flew from its perch and some saw a flushed Latham’s Snipe. This area is larger than Yellow Gum and the birds presumably suffer less human interference, the species count here was 47. A good day’s birding in an unfamiliar location was a bonus for many.