Thursday, 11 April 2013


Recently some Victorian birders expressed surprise at seeing a Grey Fantail at sea.  I think it was 5 or 6 kilometres from shore not far from Lakes Entrance.  I have seen Grey Fantails in Bass Strait when I've been out on pelagics and I'm sure that they travel between Tasmania and the mainland.

However, yesterday I was most surprised to see one in the very heart of Melbourne, in Bourke Street!  That I had not expected to see.  I don't have a photo of a Grey Fantail, but here's the very similar and much rarer, Norfolk Island Fantail.

I am about to set off north, in the hope of seeing my jinx bird, the White-necked Petrel.  I'm going to Port Stephens, and I hope the birds will perform for me.  Keep your fingers crossed.

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