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A very wet Saturday morning turned into perfect weather (with almost no rain) to explore Torquay reserves.

We started at Grass Tree Park where the Emu-wrens eluded us again but we did find 20 species of birds and some interesting plants.

Impressive Mistletoe
Impressive Mistletoe


The highlight was a White Goshawk which turned into two Goshawks and we followed them as they moved around the central area.

White Goshawk
White Goshawk

We hope they are a pair thinking of nesting.

… On to Rice Reserve in Horseshoe Bend Rd where we were delighted with a group of Flame Robins, with the brilliant reds of the males against the grey day.

Finally a quick visit to nearby Dan’s Reserve, where the 3 Darters resting on dead trees over the water were a nice finish to a lovely birding morning.

Dan's Reserve
Dan’s Reserve

We identified a total of 32 species for the morning:

Rice Reserve

  1. Black Swan
  2. Grey Teal
  3. Little Corella
  4. Crimson Rosella
  5. Red-rumped Parrot
  6. Superb Fairy-wren
  7. Red Wattlebird
  8. White-plumed Honeyeater
  9. Australian Magpie
  10. Grey Shrikethrush
  11. Willie Wagtail
  12. Little Raven
  13. Flame Robin
  14. Welcome Swallow
  15. Silvereye
  16. Red-browed Finch


Grass Tree Park

  1. Australian White Ibis
  2. Grey Goshawk
  3. Masked Lapwing
  4. Galah
  5. Crimson Rosella
  6. Superb Fairy-wren
  7. Eastern Spinebill
  8. Yellow-faced Honeyeater
  9. Red Wattlebird
  10. White-plumed Honeyeater
  11. New Holland Honeyeater
  12. Spotted Pardalote
  13. White-browed Scrubwren
  14. Grey Butcherbird
  15. Australian Magpie
  16. Grey Shrikethrush
  17. Magpie-lark
  18. Little Raven
  19. Silvereye
  20. Common Myna


Dans Reserve

  1. Australasian Darter
  2. Whistling Kite
  3. Australasian Swamphen
  4. Dusky Moorhen
  5. Red-rumped Parrot
  6. Superb Fairy-wren
  7. New Holland Honeyeater
  8. Welcome Swallow

Alison Watson