Friday, October 22, 2010

Tarra Valley

G'day Blogworld,
How's this for a part list of garden birds - White-browed Scrubwren, Blue Wren, Red-browed Finch, Brown Thornbill, Eastern Spinebill, New Holland Honeyeater, Lewin's Honeyeater, Crimson Rosella, Kookaburra, Pied Currawong, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Spotted Pardalote, Welcome Swallow, Lyrebird, etc. Yes that's right, ETC. There was more!

A lucky trio of Heyfield Birdwatchers accompanied a small group of EGBOCers on their camp at Tarra Valley in South Gippsland. We were staying at Tarra Valley Tourist Park - Fernholme, right beside the picturesque Tarra River.

Apart from the beautiful tree ferns and magnificent Mountain Ash trees, the garden beside the park office was a magnet for birds.

Here is a small selection of some of the birds that 'got in the way of my camera'.

Bassian Thrush

Brown Thornbill

White-browed Scrubwren

Superb Lyrebird. (Female, Juvenile?)

Eastern Yellow Robin

That'll do for now. In case you can't guess what a good time I had, here's an extract from Fernholme's web home page -  'Once you have discovered Tarra Valley you will want to come back again and again!!!' I'll second that.

Particular thanks go to Helen, EGBOC and Ferholme and to Nancy for that magnificent chicken Pie on Tuesday night.


  1. Nice trip and good photos, (as usual).
    Looks like a great place.

  2. Brings back many memories of birding trips there is the late fifties, and sixties. Thanks.

    Tim Galbraith. Ex Traralgon, now Hyderabad, India where our bird-list for our garden is 48 species.