Ten of us met and after practising greetings with elbow bumps and foot shakes (in deference to the pandemic) we set off to explore Lot 2 Bambra Road Aireys Inlet.

Unfortunately while distracted with novel greetings we missed the ID on a raptor that flew over, never to return.

We had low expectations due to high winds but found sheltered spots affording good views of bush birds. The property is part of a regeneration program and was planted with tube stock last spring. The plants have taken off in the lush soil and are double the size of their tree guards. But the best birds are still to be found along the Painkalac creek line.

Highlights were a Flame Robin, a flock of Blue-winged Parrots feeding, good views of Dusky Woodswallows, and Striated Thornbills. It was also good to spot the White-plumed Honeyeater which can be quite elusive but reliably found here along the creek.

walkersThe group traversing the ephemeral wetland.


bluewingedparrotBlue-winged Parrot

striatedthornbillStriated Thornbill


flamerobinfemaleFlame Robin, female


duskywoodswallowDusky Woodswallow, mature left immature right


whiteplumedheronWhite-plumed Honeyeater


whitefacedheronWhite-faced Heron


whiteneckedheronWhite-necked Heron

Bird list not in any particular order (28 species):

  1. Magpie
  2. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  3. Galah
  4. Australian White Ibis
  5. White-necked Heron
  6. White-faced Heron
  7. Blue-winged Parrot
  8. Pacific Black Duck
  9. Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
  10. Gang-Gang Cockatoo
  11. Australian Wood Duck
  12. White-plumed Honeyeater
  13. Pied Currawong
  14. Red Wattlebird
  15. Grey Shrike-thrush
  16. Flame Robin - female
  17. New Holland Honeyeater
  18. Kookaburra
  19. Superb Fairywren
  20. Grey Fantail
  21. Willy Wagtail
  22. Crimson Rosella
  23. Dusky Woodswallow
  24. Striated Thornbill
  25. Eastern Yellow Robin
  26. White-throated Treecreeper
  27. Welcome Swallow
  28. Raven Species

Margaret Lacey

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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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