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February 28, 2010

Torquay Birding

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Surf City Birdwatching

Torquay is just about the start of the Great Ocean Road that follows the Southern Ocean west of Melbourne in Victoria. They call it Surf City because its the home of Ripcurl, one of the major surfing manufacturers in the world. There are heaps of surf shops here, its a bit full on, they should rename it to Babylon. But anyway, rant over, I had a look at the surf at Point Danger. The wind was off shore here and howling. The wind surfers and kite boarders were all out having fun in the wind, but the surf was tiny – less than a foot.

On the beach were Silver Gull, Masked Lapwing, Pacific Gull and Crested Tern. Later in the afternoon I went to Taylors Park, in the center of town. Its not a bad park with lots of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos eating the tops off the eucalypt trees. They were doing the same at the Port of Echuca on the Murray River. A couple of Pacific Black Duck were on the pond, ravens and magpies were in abundance, and some Red Wattlebirds were making pests of themselves as usual.

red wattlebird
Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata)

After that, I went to the Deep Creek Reserve, just down the road a bit. Its quite a large reserve and they have done a good job maintaining it. Congratulations to Surf City Council and Lions. That being said there were not many birds around. I only managed to spot some Grey Fantail, Common Starlings, Rainbow Lorikeet, Superb Fairy-wren and a few New Holland Honeyeater.

New Holland Honeyeater
New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae)

Torquay bird list

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Raven
Australian Magpie
Red Wattlebird
Spotted Turtle-dove
Silver Gull
Masked Lapwing
Pacific Gull
Crested Tern
Grey Fantail
Common Starling
New Holland Honeyeater
Rainbow Lorikeet
Superb Fairy-wren

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