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.
Little Pied Cormorant
New Holland honeyeater
Cape Barren Goose
Report by Peter Rogers.