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Birds of Victoria - #10 - Yea (17 February 2018)

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Birds of Victoria - #6 – Mornington Peninsula  Grey Butcherbird, Nepean Country Club, Rosebud, VIC

Having left our overnight accommodation in Albury (on our way back from Sydney) we stopped in Yea for our long-awaited fix of baker’s delights from The Provender Country Bakehouse, in High Street.

Again, we were not disappointed with their offerings and is highly recommended – particularly their apple cakes with passionfruit icing.

Birds of Victoria - #10 - Yea Red-browed Finch, John Cummins Reserve Wetlands, Yea, VIC

Our next target was to take in the wetlands of the John Cummins Reserve – right next to the town’s visitor Information Centre.

Birds of Victoria - #8 - The Mallee Region Australasian Grebes, Hard Hill Tourist Reserve, Wedderburn, VIC

It was my first visit to this Reserve today although I had passed through Yea a number of times beforehand.

Birds of Victoria - #7(a) - East Gippsland (Lakes Entrance / Bairnsdale) Silvereye, Lake Bunga Walking Track, Lakes Entrance, VIC

The wetlands are quite extensive (much larger than I expected) and are well served by a system of boardwalks and well laid out or mown walking tracks.

Birds of Victoria - #5 - South Gippsland Varied Sittella, Wonthaggi Bushland Reserve, VIC

There are numerous picnic sites (with permanent tables and seating) scattered around the reserve.

Birds of Victoria - #8 - The Mallee Region Peaceful Dove, Australian Inland Botanic Gardens, Buronga, NSW

During my visit I came across – Little Pied Cormorant, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Grey Fantail, Yellow-faced / Brown-headed Honeyeater, Crimson Rosella, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Galah, Superb Fairy-wren, Red-browed Finch, White-faced Heron, Grey Shrike-Thrush, White-throated Treecreeper, Silvereye, Laughing Kookaburra, Willie Wagtail and Dusky Moorhen.

Birds of Victoria - #9 - Heidelberg Region Eastern Rosella, Main Yarra Trail, Viewbank, VIC

At one stage, an Eastern Water Skink (I believe) crossed my path along one of the boardwalks.

Birds of Victoria - #7(c) – East Gippsland (Mallacoota) Black-faced Monarch, Shady Gully Reserve, Mallacoota, VIC

Although I was unaware of it at the time of my visit today, there appears to be another reserve, extending along the Yea River, on the other side of High Street.

I will have to explore that option another day.

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