Sept 2008 - Launch of The Melbourne Birder! 17-02-2009
The inaugural outing of The Melbourne Birder was a dark and windy one....
17th September 2008
The inaugural outing of The Melbourne Birder was a dark and windy one. The Tongue Family from Ulverstone, Tasmania had graced our Victorian shores and were keen to see Sooty Owl and Australian Owlet Nightjar. I picked up the clan from their accommodation at Healesville just after dark and we set out into the night for a location where I had seen the target species previously.
Southern Boobooks at various locations and distances were heard as we made our way into the forest, however at the desired spot all we could hear was the wind and the occasional strangled gurgles of Yellow-bellied Gliders.
An hour's waiting and listening yielded zip, although I was sure I heard the way off falling bomb call of a Sooty on more than one occasion (or was it a branch rubbing???). Even if it was the case this bird could not be enticed into our viewing zone, so we moved on.
Not far away was a known territory of Australian Owlet Nightjar, so we aimed for there and soon heard the birds calling not far off.
It wasn't to be our night however as this bird refused to show, despite approaching quite closely and circling our intrepid posse, remaining frustratingly unseen.