The Creek Walk

Monday 10th March 2008. Leaders: Lois & Gloria

A group of 18 or so travelled through Naracoorte to an area of local bush near THE Naracoorte swimming pool. The ‘Creek Walk’ started in a patch
of interesting local vegetation. This area was opened by naturalist Harry Butler and is cared for by local groups.
Bone seed and Radiata Pines have been weeded out giving way to acacias, eucalypts and other indigenous plants.

As we wandered along the tracks through the bush, with the morning beginning to heat up, we were serenaded by Rufous Whistlers,
Little Wattlebirds and White-throated Treecreepers. The tall gums were havens for thornbills, lorikeets, honeyeaters and pardolates.
The most common birds found during the walk were the New Holland Honeyeaters and the Grey Fantails.

The mix of bush birds, water birds along the creek and the sighting of some White-browed Babblers made for a great morning of bird watching.

Following a quick morning tea break, the group headed for the sewage paddocks and lakes located near the airport. Waterbirds were plentiful including Red-capped Plovers, Yellow billed Spoonbills, Cape Barren Geese and hundreds of Masked Lapwings. The elusive Brolgas, seen on other days, were not seen on this outing. A total of 52 birds were sighted during the morning excursion.

Crested Pigeon
Little Raven

Black Duck
Wood Duck
Little Pied Cormorant

Welcome Swallow
Black Swan
Masked Lapwing

Mountain Duck
Red-capped Plover

White Ibis
Crimson Rosella

Eastern Rosella
Rainbow Lorikeet

Little Wattlebird

Red-rumped Parrot
Adelaide Rosella
New Holland honeyeater

Brown Thornbill
Superb Fairy-wren
Grey Fantail

Rufous Whistler
Common Bronzewing
White-throated Treecreeper

White-plumed Honeyeater

Striated Pardolate
Red Wattlebird
White-browed Babbler

Willie Wagtail

Little Lorikeet
Dusky Moorhen

Eurasian Coot
Purple Swamphen
Straw-necked Ibis

Brown Flycatcher
Australian Pipit
Chestnut Teal

Cape Barren Goose
Silver Gull
Swamp Harrier

Australian Shoveller
Little Grebe
Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Tawny Frogmouth
Eastern Spinebill
Wedge-tailed Eagle

Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Report by Peter Rogers.