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The February bird walk achieved the greatest turnout ever of people and birds – 15 people and 43 birds. Blazing Saddles was alive with birds in three different environments: woodland, grassland and water, the last being the Painkalac Creek, and the temporary lake on the paddocks. Margaret Lacey showed us many of the places where she took photos for her book Birds of Aireys Inlet.

Three members of the group used iPhones to provide information about birds and their calls. This innovation was a wonderful aid in identifying less familiar birds, such as Satin Flycatchers.

Highlights were the scores of Dusky Wood Swallows, a recently used nest, and close up views of newly fledged young. We also saw a superb, neat, little, Willy Wagtail nest, with both parents taking turns to sit on two very large nestlings. After morning tea at Distillery Creek, five of us did the Nature Walk, hoping to see a Powerful Owl. We saw a few different species, but no owl.

Below are all the birds identified on this walk:

  1. Australian Wood Duck
  2. Australian Shelduck
  3. Black Duck
  4. Grey Teal
  5. White-faced Heron
  6. Masked Lapwing
  7. Common Bronzewing
  8. Gang-gang Cockatoo
  9. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  10. Australian King-Parrot
  11. Crimson Rosella
  12. Eastern Rosella
  13. Fan-tailed Cuckoo
  14. Horsefield’s Bronze-Cuckoo
  15. Laughing Kookaburra
  16. White-throated Treecreeper
  17. Superb Fairy-wren
  18. Striated Pardalote
  19. White-browed Scrubwren
  20. Brown Thornbill
  21. Red Wattlebird
  22. White-eared Honeyeater
  23. White-plumed Honeyeater
  24. Brown-headed Honeyeater
  25. White-naped Honeyeater
  26. New Holland Honeyeater
  27. Yellow Robin
  28. Crested Shrike-tit
  29. Golden Whistler
  30. Rufous Whistler
  31. Grey Shrike-thrush
  32. Satin Flycatcher
  33. Willy Wagtail and nest with babies
  34. Grey Fantail
  35. Dusky Woodswallow
  36. Magpie-lark
  37. Australian Magpie
  38. Pied Currawong
  39. Little Raven
  40. Red-browed Finch
  41. Welcome Swallow
  42. Tree Martin
  43. Common Starling