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Birds of Victoria - #1 (f) - Phillip Island (Northern Coastline)
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My reference to the North-East Coastline relates to one of the few beaches in Victoria with a northerly aspect and covers that stretch of the Phillip Island foreshore from Ventnor to Rhyll.
It includes the renowned Ramsar listed wetlands of the Rhyll Inlet.
These wetlands attract numerous species of birdlife to the island where one will regularly see Great / Little Black / Little Pied / Pied Cormorant, Great Egret, White-faced / White-necked Heron, Sooty / Pied Oystercatcher, Australian Pelican and Royal / Yellow-billed Spoonbill.
It is another island hot-spot to observe local raptors including Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Black-shouldered / Whistling Kite and Brown Goshawk.
The foreshore at Silverleaves has a number of areas that have been roped-off to protect the nesting sites currently in use by Hooded / Red-capped Plover.
There are a number of boardwalks and walking trails through the wetland mangroves and adjacent bushland that facilitate close access for exciting birding and general enjoyment of the outdoors.
More detail is available via the following internet link –
Another worthwhile view over the inlet may be had from the end of McIllwraith Road in the township of Rhyll.
There is a well developed walking track to the left of this lofty viewing point which extends between open farmland and the heavy vegetation running down to the upper reaches of the inlet.
Some good birding may be had along this track whilst swamp wallabies will be seen nearby early morning and late afternoon.
Addendum – 6 October 2016
On my way back from The Nobbies today I headed towards the Ventnor foreshore with a view to checking out Ventnor Bushland Reserve.
As I turned into Ventnor Beach Road I came across the flock of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo I most likely had seen a week or so beforehand in Sunderland Bay.
On this occasion, there were 6 of these beautiful creatures feeding on the new-growth cones of several large pine-trees close to the intersection of Harris and Ventnor Beach Roads.
The Bushland Reserve at Ventnor is a great place for family outings with several purpose built picnic sites scattered throughout its grounds. It offers sufficient open space for families to enjoy ball-games, etc. and good vegetation for the local birdlife.
During my short visit, I came across Grey Currawong, Superb Fairy-wren, Red-browed Finch, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Red Wattlebird, Australian Raven, Common Starling, Common Blackbird, Grey Shrike-thrush, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike and Laughing Kookaburra.
I also heard, but did not see, a Fan-tailed Cuckoo in the dense foliage at the edge of the reserve, along Henderson Street.
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