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    Hi all,

    Despite visiting Melbourne a number of times for work conferences over the past few years, I have never found the time to incorporate any 'serious' birding or photography. I sought to make amends for this with my most recent trip (May) by hiring a car and heading down to the Surf Coast for a short 2 day prelude in search of new birds - particularly targeting Striated Fieldwren, Blue-Winged Parrot and Rufous Bristlebird after viewing a series of excellent photos of these species from the area on this site.

    Although limited sunshine threatened to limit any photographic success, birds were not in short supply - noteworthy species (at least for a Westerner, life-birds in bold) included Hooded Plover, Pacific Gull and Double-Banded Plover on the coast; Striated Fieldwren, White-Eared Honeyeater, Superb Fairy-Wren, Blue-Winged Parrot, Rufous Bristlebird, Brown Thornbill, European Goldfinch, White-Fronted Chat and Flame Robin in coastal heath/saltbush; and Eastern Yellow Robin, Red-Browed Finch, Crimson Rosella and Grey Goshawk in adjacent woodlands.

    A huge thank-you to moderator Geoff Gates for his generous nature and willingness to show me around his special patch of turf - as many of you on here already know, Geoff's a true gentleman and an equally fine photographer! He also offered to show me around the WTP on my final afternoon which I naturally agreed to without hesitation - adding Eurasian Skylark to my list and managing good views of a feeding Black-Shouldered Kite and Glossy Ibis. Looking forward to the next time I'm in Victoria on 'work' duties!


    Photos: I know they're a bit rough, but I don't have all of my editing software on my laptop...

    Blue-winged Parrot - which, in my attempt to approach via crawling through tall roadside grass, confirmed I have notable allergic reactions to virtually all members of the spinifex genus I have had the 'pleasure' of coming into contact with
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    Striated Fieldwren
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    Rufous Bristlebird
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    Pacific Gull
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    Bells Beach at Sunrise (taken w iPhone)
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    Cheers,

    Scott McGregor

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    Congratulations on the new birds. Some excellent images. I've also benefited from Geoff's generous time guiding me around his patch.

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    Nice work Scotty. Thoroughly enjoyed my time showing you around.

    I'm amazed a Sooty Oyc doesn't rate a mention. Must be a common bird in the west.
    Cheers,
    Geoff


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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff Gates View Post
    I'm amazed a Sooty Oyc doesn't rate a mention. Must be a common bird in the west.
    Well, let's just say more common than Pacific Gull in the parts I tend to frequent!

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    Nice write up and accompanying pics. That part of the world is gold for birdwatching and photography. I'm also a forum member who has benefited from Geoff's generosity.
    Cheers,

    George

    Life List : 481 (Southern Cassowary, Etty Bay, QLD, Oct., 2016)

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    Great report and some awesome images too!
    Aus list 632 (Powerful Owl, Callala Bay, NSW, 01-05-2014, finally thanks Matt!)
    Year list 159 (Powerful Owl, Callala Bay, NSW, 01-05-2014)

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    Superb images...enjoying you're pics...
    Australian Birds Life List : 515 species - All 12 Tassie endemics, Swift Parrot, Orange-bellied parrot, Ground Parrot
    International Birds Life List : 21 species (Ashy ground thrush, Hooded pitta, Pechora pipit, Coppersmith Barbet were highlights of philippine trip 2013)
    To God be the glory for the images i take.....

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