This month 10 birders went to Wurdee Buloc Reservoir (spelt Wurdibuloc in Google Maps) on the Cape Otway Road, which was a new birding location for everyone in the group.

It was easy walking around the perimeter of the reservoir and there were hundreds of birds, mainly water birds.

The first highlight was a single White-fronted Chat which kept us searching as it hopped in and out behind the rocks.

White-fronted ChatWhite-fronted Chat

Then we found several Great Crested Grebes and enjoyed looking at their striking head crests and colouring.

Great Crested GrebeGreat Crested Grebe

A White-bellied Sea-Eagle flew from a dead tree, which was another highlight.

White-bellied Sea-EagleWhite-bellied Sea-Eagle

We had two other standby locations but this one kept us occupied all morning and we counted 34 species including Red-necked Stints and Red-capped Plovers.

Margaret Lacey

Events Calendar

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Mon 11:00am - 1:00pm

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Mon 11:00am - 1:00pm

Oct
9

Tue 9:30am - 11:00am

Oct
12

Fri 9:00am - 9:30am

Weed of the month

Freesia

Freesia

Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.

More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.

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