Leader: Rohan Bugg; Facilitator: Alix Williams
A very blustery and showery Saturday afternoon somewhat limited the birding and botanising on this otherwise enjoyable excursion. A Black-shouldered Kite was observed en route to the Agnes Falls via Toora and its nearby wind farms. The 69 metre high falls were magnificent in high flow. Bird sightings here included Red-browed Finches,Brown Thornbill, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Rufous Whistler, a Currawong, Grey Shrike-thrush and Grey Fantail.
A somewhat rushed look at the Welshpool Cemetery highlighted the Orange-lipped Caladenia; other orchids seen included the Large and Small Duck-orchids. The Wedding Bush Ricinocarpos pinifolius was spectacular with abundant white flowers.
At the very blowy Toora Bird Hide, sightings included Crested Tern, Pied and Sooty Oyster-catchers, Eastern Curlew, Grey Cormorant, Black Swan and, not surprisingly, Silver Gull.
Latrobe Valley FNC