Bird watching Port Fairy

The Riverhouse is perfectly designed and positioned for 'Birding Group' Accommodation

Mutton Birds - now know as Short-tailed shear water (Puffinus tenuirostiris - Tasmanian Shearwater), was the original European name for the bird which were caught by the settlers, for their fatty flesh for eating and their oily residue - Shearwater are now protected in Victoria.

Griffiths Island is a favoured nesting site, they can also be found along the South Beach coast line. Each year the bulk of the colony (the breeding age birds) return to the nesting grounds on almost the same day. Individuals return to the same nest burrow they occupied the previous year and generally mate with the same partner throughout their breeding life.

The locals call these birds 'anti football birds' (AFL) as they arrive after the grand final around 22nd September and depart mid April the following year.

Sit out on the top veranda of the Riverhouse on dusk, you can hear the birds fly over head making their strange squawking noise. Griffiths Island is a short walk and well worth the stroll to the viewing station on the island. Watch the black mass in the sky as the birds arrive home to feed their chicks after a day out fishing.

Learn more about Short-tailed Shear-water

Hooded Plover - The adult Hooded Plover is about 20 cm high, sandy-brown above with a white underside. Conspicuous features when viewing in the field are its black head and a white nape (collar at base of its neck) and a broad black line extending across its lower hindneck to each side of the breast. Its bill is red with a black tip. Males and females appear similar whilst juveniles can be distinguished by the lack of black markings and red bill.

In the South West of Victoria, Hooded Plovers are most likely observed in pairs, sometimes in small groups on wide sandy ocean beaches and at mouths of rivers where wide sandy areas are formed.

Breeding is carried out on ocean beaches, nests are a depression in the sand usually in association with dry seaweed and located above average high tide levels up into the primary dunes. Nests can contain two to three sand-coloured eggs and incubation is about 30 days. The nesting season extends from August to February.

Orange-bellied Parrots - can be found along the coast in near by wetlands. Much research is being done on the life and habitat of these birds. Visit the Birds Australia web site to see how you can be involved.

Below is a list of just a few birds that could be sited in and around Port Fairy

Arctic Tern - Australasian Bittern - Australasian Shoveler - Australian Hobby - Australian Magpie - Australian Magpie - Australian Pelican - Australian Shelduck - Australian White Ibis - Australian Wood Duck - Azure Kingfisher - Black Swan - Black-Sholdered Kite - Black-winged Stilt - Blue-billed Duck - Brown Songlark - Brown Thornbill - Brush Bronzewing - Cattle Egret - Chestnut Teal - Clamorous Reed-Warbler - Common Blackbird - Common Skylark or Pipit - Common Starling - Crimson Rosella - Darter - Dusky Moorhen - Eurasian Coot - European Goldfinch - Galah - Golden-headed Citicola - Great Cormorant - Great Egret - Grey Fantail - Hoary-Headed Grebe - House Sparrow - Intermediate Egret - Little Black Cormorant - Magpie-Lark - New Holand Honeyeater - Pied&Sooty Oyster Catcher - Red Wattlebird - Royal Spoonbill - Sharp-Tailed Sandpiper - Silver Gull - Silvereye - Straw-necked Ibis - Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo - Wedge-Tailed Eagle - White -Faced Heron - White-Bellied Sea-Eagle - Yellow-Billed Spoonbill - Yellow-Faced Honeyeater.

Take a trip to Lady Julia Percy Island to view the many sea bird and island dwellers

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