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Margaret Lacey led the October Bird Walk attended by 5 people.


Distillery Creek Road

The October Bird Walk welcomed some novice birders and the Rufous Whistlers provided an impressive soundtrack for our leisurely stroll along Distillery Creek road.

Rufous Whistler

One of the Rufous Whistlers we watched for some time

We began north of Love’s Track and, as one of our group had seen a Sacred Kingfisher the day before, we went as far the Aireys Inlet sewage treatment ponds in search of it. We were lucky to find the kingfisher again perched high in the trees along the road beside the ponds.

The Sacred Kingfisher

The Sacred Kingfisher. Unfortunately when the group saw the bird it was silhouetted against the sun and the colour was not pronounced. Margaret Lacey returned later and found the bird again at a better angle.

We saw 25 species which isn’t bad for beginners!

Below are all the birds identified:

  1. Black Swan
  2. Australian Shelduck
  3. Grey Teal
  4. Hardhead
  5. Australasian Grebe
  6. Great Cormorant
  7. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  8. Crimson Rosella
  9. Laughing Kookaburra
  10. Sacred Kingfisher
  11. White-throated Treecreeper
  12. Superb Fairy-wren
  13. Brown Thornbill
  14. Eastern Spinebill
  15. White-eared Honeyeater
  16. Red Wattlebird
  17. New Holland Honeyeater
  18. Brown-header Honeyeater
  19. Grey Shrike-thrush
  20. Pied Currawong
  21. Grey Currawong
  22. Grey Fantail
  23. Willie Wagtail
  24. Silvereye
  25. Welcome Swallow
Margaret Lacey