A small group of us headed for the Latrobe Valley yesterday. The forecast was for a terrible day, windy and wet. What did we get? Fine and sunny all day, and no wind until late in the afternoon - brilliant!
Our first port of call was the Crinigan Road Reserve on the edge of Morwell - Golden Whistlers, White-eared, White-naped and New Holland Honeyeaters, Eastern Spinebills, Spotted and Striated Pardalotes, etc, Nodding, Tall and Trim Greenhood Orchids, numerous fungi - a great start.
After several hours wandering the reserve, we headed south to the Morwell National Park. A quick lunch at the Billy's Creek picnic ground, then we set off on the walking track up the Billy's Creek gully.
Some of the Manna Gums on this walk are massive specimens. While we were checking the tree tops and scrub for birds, we noticed that we were being checked too.
Suddenly the birds appeared - Silvereyes, Thornbills, Scrubwrens, Eastern Yellow Robins, Treecreepers, Lewin's Honeyeaters, Crested Shrike-tits, Bassian Thrush to name just a few.
A cup of coffee back in Traralgon wound up a wonderful day. Apart from the usual Magpies, Kookaburras, etc, we scored a list of 30+ species - (thanks for the records John).