Eildon Pondage

Observations were made from the picnic area on the northern side of the pondage and from the south-west corner.


The afternoon walk was under quite warm conditions with no air movement. Despite this, twenty seven species of bird were seen on and around the pondage.


Lunch time list.
Grey Butcherbird
Pied Currawong
Pacific Black Duck
White Ibis
Black Swan
Hoary-headed Grebe
Red Wattlebird
Great Cormorant
Musk Duck
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Magpie Lark


The south-west corner. The party moved to the south-west section of the pondage and scanned the water and walked part of the track on the southern bank.This habitat consisted of willows (beginning to drop leaves), reed beds, wattles including Blackwoods, some eucalypts and an understorey of dense varied growth. The birds seen along this stretch were:


Grey fantail
Brown Thornbill
Red-browed Firetail
Superb fairy-wren
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Crimson Rosella
Welcome Swallow
White-browed Scrub-wren
Golden Whistler (male)
Yellow Robin
and on the water the additional birds:


Great Crested Grebe
Chestnut Teal


There were large rafts of Coots and a further six black Swans.
Trout, approx 30-35 cm in length were jumping clear of the water.


Piniger Lookout. The group drove to the Mt Piniger Lookout.
A Black Wallaby was observed on the road to the lookout.
Members appreciated the view of the reservoir, the dam wall,
and the construction work underway to improve the strength of the top section of the wall,
and the view of the ranges to the west.