Bird Watching

Victoria has a diverse range of habitats for such a condensed area and has many areas where large bird congregations can be seen.

Some of the specialties of the region include:

Little Penguin

The Little Penguin is the smallest of the worlds 17 penguins and the only one which breeds in Australia.  The male is a little larger than the female, although their plumage is similar.  The head and upperparts are indigo in colour, with slate-grey ear coverts fading to white underneath, from the chin to the belly.  The flippers are indigo above and white underneath.
Scientific Name: Eudyptula minor ( the Greek word ‘Eudyptula’ means ‘good little diver’).
Other Names:  Fairy Penguin, Little Penguin, Little Blue Penguin
Height:  Around 43 centimetres
Weight: Around 1kg
Source: http://tolweb.org/Eudyptula_minor/57252
Date: 13/09/12

Cape Barren Goose

The Cape Barren Goose is about the same size as a domestic goose.  It has pale grey plumage with black markings near the tips of its wing feathers and tail, pink legs and black feet.  It has a striking bright greenish yellow cere on its short black bill.  Males are somewhat larger than females.
Scientific Name:  Cereopsis novaehollandiae
Height: Between 75-100cm long, with a 150-190 cm wingspan
Weight: The male weighs on average 5.29 kg and the female 3.77 kg
Date:  13/09/12
For more information:  www.birdsinbackyards.net/finder/display.cfm?id=208

Hooded Plover

Scientific Name:  (Thinornis rubricollis)
Source: http://bird.net.au/bird/index.php?title=SWIFFT_meeting_notes_13_July_2006
Date: 13/09/12
Link: http://bird.net.au/bird/index.php?title=Hooded_Plover

Red-capped Plover

Scientific Name:  (Charadrius ruficapillus)
Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Red-capped_Plover_male.jpg
Date: 13/09/12
Link:  http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/finder/display.cfm?id=243

Powerful Owl

Scientific Name:  (Ninox strenua)
Source:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/ozjulian/495796794/
Date: 13/09/12
Link: http://www.threatenedspecies.environment.nsw.gov.au/tsprofile/profile.aspx?id=10562

Superb Lyrebird

Scientific Name: (Menura novaehollandiae)
Source: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1092/874109885_f59552d50b.jpg?v=0
Date: 13/09/12
Link: http://birdsinbackyards.net/species/Menura-novaehollandiae

Ground Parrot

Scientific Name:  (Pezoporus wallicus)
Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whereisbrent/287246894/
Date: 13/09/12
Link:  http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/finder/display.cfm?id=277

Orane-bellied Parrot

Scientific Name: (Neophema chrysogaster)
Source:  http://www.parrotsociety.org.au/articles/art_015.htm
Date: 13/09/12
Link: http://www.parrotsociety.org.au/articles/art_015.htm

Swift Parrot

Scientific Name: (Lathamus discolor)
Source: http://birdsinbackyards.net/species/Lathamus-discolor
Date: 13/09/12
Link: http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/finder/display.cfm?id=363

Turquoise Parrot

Scientific Name: (Neophema pulchella)
Source: http://birdsinbackyards.net/species/Neophema-pulchella
Date: 13/09/12
Did You Know?
The female turquoise parrot will sometimes take green foliage into the nest hole to line the floor. These are not carried in her beak but she wedges them into the feathers of her back
Link: http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/finder/display.cfm?id=276

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Southern subspecies)

Scientific Name: (Calyptorhynchus banksii graptogyne)
Source:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/76/RedTailedBlackCockatoo_(Redphoenix).jpg
Date: 13/09/12
Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-tailed_Black_Cockatoo

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