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February 24, 2010

Jack’s Beach Wetlands Boardwalk

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — admin @ 11:59 pm

Warrangine Park

Warrangine Park stretches from Jack’s Beach to the end of Salmon Street in Halifax on the western side of Westernport Bay on the Mornington Peninsula. There is a track and boardwalk that goes for four kilometers. (Melway map 165 A7) Last night I started off at Jack’s Beach and walked half way just before sunset. The shame of it was that the swamp/marshes are dry because of the drought and no rain. There is absolutely no water in it and there were no waders or water birds whatsoever.

Warrangine Park
It’s a drought!

It is probably not a good idea to come here in January or February, as these are the hottest and driest months of the year in southern Australia. I would most definitely come back about from October to early December and maybe from April to early June, before all the waders fly back to the northern hemisphere. The only waders or water birds that I saw were some Australian White Ibis and a Silver Gull. The first day all I saw was an Australian White Ibis, Superb Fairy-wren, Welcome Swallows and a Red Wattlebird. This one is a baby I think because it seems to still have the white gape around the bill. Juvenile Red Wattlebirds have a red-brown iris, smaller wattles and very white wing feather edges.

Red Wattlebird
Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata)

There are many different types of environment at Warrangine Park. The main part of it is Saltmarsh, and there is also lots of paperbark scrub, a strip of mangroves along the creek and bay foreshore, seagrass meadows and woodlands. This great variety of habitat should produce quite a wide array of bird life, but for me, sadly, it didn’t. Maybe another time. 🙁

Australian Raven
Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides)

Warrangine Park bird list 25/2/10

Australian White Ibis
Superb Fairy-wren
Welcome Swallow
Red Wattlebird
Willy Wagtail
Silver Gull
Spotted Turtle-dove
Australian Raven
Common Myna

Warrangine Park resources

“Where to Find Birds around Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula” Ed. Larry Wakefield. Published by Bird Observers Club of Australia, Mornington Peninsula Branch.

2 Comments »

  1. Intrepid birdman! Disappointing on this for for you.

    Comment by adam — February 25, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

  2. Thanks Adam.

    I will get over it, ha ha.
    I now know when not to go there. 🙂

    cheers,
    steve

    Comment by admin — February 25, 2010 @ 11:23 pm

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