On Sunday 15th October, Stuart Dashper, a committee member of Victorian Birdlife Australia led our group of 15 for a very informative Bird Walk and Talk.
We met at the Gooseneck site at midday with our cameras and binoculars and walked for over an hour up to the Sheoak Woodland area and back down the hill to enjoy afternoon tea and a recap of the walk.
We saw 31 species
We saw an outstanding 31 species of birds in just over an hour. Some of the species included:
- Noisy miners
- Rainbow lorikeets
- Yellow wattlebird
- White-plumed honeyeaters
- Willie wagtails
- Tawny frogmouth with two baby chicks
- White-browed scrubwren
- Rufous songlark
- Wood ducks
- Pacific black ducks
- Magpie larks
Stuart has always been interested in wildlife, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours from La Trobe University in 1981. He has been an active member of Birdlife Australia and its predecessor Birds Australia for over a quarter of a century and was the convenor of the Victorian regional group of Birds Australia for five years.
He lived near the Merri Creek in Brunswick East for 15 years where he was a leader for the Merri Creek bird surveys. Stuart has birded extensively in Australia and Asia and has had the pleasure of seeing such iconic Australian Summer birds as Rainbow Bee-eater, Dollarbird and Channel-billed Cuckoo in their wintering grounds of Indonesia. He is still looking forward to finding a really rare bird along the Merri Creek or its tributaries.