There are of course various habitats and environments peripheral to those mentioned above, such as cleared farmland, riverine & littoral vegetation zones, remnant pockets of native vegetation, and rural & urban environments. These in turn attract their own bird species such as various raptors, parrots & lorikeets, honeyeaters, robins and flycatchers to name a few.
Several night bird species can be found in the region, and these may be seen with spotlighting excursions after dark. Alongside the more common species such as Southern Boobook, Barn Owl, Tawny Frogmouth and Australian Owlet-nightjar, there is the chance of lower density or habitat specific species such as Powerful Owl, Sooty Owl, White-throated Nightjar, and if we were to venture a little further afield, Barking Owl, Spotted Nightjar and even Masked Owl.
Photo: Steve Davidson
We have the option of a day’s birding whereby we combine as many habitats as possible in a calendar day to maximise the number of species seen, in other words a “Big Day”.Such an itinerary might consist of a very early start in a wet forest location, moving though to dry forest habitats, and finishing with visiting a number of wetland and coastal locations. There is an option of spotlighting before dawn or after dark for additional night bird species to increase a day’s tally. This method is more than likely to achieve a count of at least 100-120 species. In spring and early summer this tally can easily be more as southern Victoria is visited by several migratory species.
Flame Robin. Photo: Steve Davidson