The Co-ordinator of the Bellarine Peninsula Orange bellied Parrot Working Group, Craig Morley, has provided a summary of the May OBP survey.
Although there were no sightings of Orange Bellied Parrots, there was however plenty of wildlife activity to be found in the wetlands and saltmarshes of the Bellarine Peninsula.
A total of 180 Blue-winged Parrots were recorded from several sites with good numbers from Lake Connewarre and Breamlea/Bancoora, Many other noteworthy observations were made, including:
View the previously detailed report of the ANGAIR bird walk at Hospital Swamp for a bird list and photographs.
It hasn’t been a very good year for Hooded Plover chicks. So far, along the coast from Point Lonsdale to Point Roadknight, only sixteen fledglings have made it through. Many obstacles to the survival of the chicks remain, with large crowds of people using the beaches, dogs running off-leash, and people walking through the sand dunes. In addition, fox, dog, rat and cat footprints have been found in the vicinity of nests. With the monitoring of the breeding season drawing to a close, there are presently two chicks at Collendina, and egg nests at Breamlea and Black Rock dunes, with one and two eggs.
Birds Australia is conducting an online, public survey in a bid to improve its conservation measures for the Hooded Plover on our coast. To participate, go to Birds Australia website.