Sunday, 31 July 2022

Ocean Road Motel, Beauchamp Falls Campground, Beauchamp Falls, Gellibarand River (Old Ocean Road) in Victoria and on the road to Port Macdonnell, South Australia.

Back up the Hill and then along the coast to Port Mac.
Australia, Day Fourty Six.
 
Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulata).
I was up early and had a walk around the gardens of the Accommodation where I saw a Bowerbird of some sort but I misidentified it as a Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis) but then Deb came out of their room and put me right when she correctly Ided it as a female Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus), we searched the Garden and had very brief views of the male which dived for cover.
Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulata).
Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulata).
We loaded up our kit and headed back up into the hills but this time we went to Beauchamp Falls but parked at the Beauchamp Falls Campground, in the camp area we had at least three Bassian Thrushes (Zoothera lunulata) which showed extreamly well along with Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus), White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis), Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula), Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) and as we walked down to the Waterfalls White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea) and Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis).
The Falls.
Renate and Deb.
Renate leading the way back up to the car.
We didn't see much as we walked down, however there were several Brown Thornbills (Acanthiza pusilla) plus the track was nice and the falls were smart, the walk back up was a tad harder going.
Australian Shovelers (Spatula rhynchotis) and Grey Teal (Anas gracilis).
Australian Shovelers (Spatula rhynchotis) and Grey Teal (Anas gracilis).
We left the site and drove back down towards the coast so we could rejoin the Great Ocean Road heading North West, just before we got there we stumbled across the reedbeds and pools around the Gellibrand River Nature Reserve where we had my first Australian Shovelers (Spatula rhynchotis) x4 as well as Grey Teal (Anas gracilis), Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa), Black Swan (Cygnus atratus), Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae), Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans), Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena), Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) and Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae).
Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans).
We reached the Great Ocean Road and headed for Port Mac, on the way and during a short damp stop somewhere in the Twelve Apostles National Park we added Great Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii), Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae), Black-faced Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscescens), Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides), Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles), Galah's (Eolophus roseicapilla), Australian (Threskiornis molucca) and Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis), Black-shouldered (Elanus axillaris) and Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus), Willie-wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys), Red-browed Firetail (Neochmia temporalis), Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax), White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae), New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae), Grey Shrikethrush (Colluricincla harmonica) and Brown Falcon (Falco berigora).
One of the Twelve Apostles.
and three more.
We arrived in Port Mac and went for a quick look at the Harbour but the weather was taking a turn for the worse so we were brief and only saw Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes), Little Pied (Microcarbo melanoleucos) and Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) along wih hundreds of Great Crested Terns and lots of Silver Gulls.
My Salt and Pepper Squid.
We went straight to the Victoria Hotel / Bay Pub where we had a nice meal, I really enjoyed my Salt and Pepper Squid and a Pud before we headed to our accommodation.

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