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Professor Graeme Hays, Alfred Deakin Professor of 
Marine Science, contacted us to ask if we could
distribute a www link to an effort to track rare
and endangered Leatherback Turtles. Anybody doing
regular sea watching for birds or going on
pelagic trips
should be aware of this project.

If you are interested you can find out more
from the link:
http://theconversation.com/this-summer-at-the-beach-watch-out-for-the-worlds-biggest-turtle-34708
* Note that a dead Leatherback
Turtle has recently been found at
the Western Treatment Plant by Bob Swindley, Danny Rogers
and Maarten Hulzebosch.


In early January, 2015, John, David and Craig ventured to the You Yangs for what turned out to be a most enjoyable and rewarding day of birding. After a time at the Information Centre, including enjoyment of the Tawny Frogmouths, we ventured around the Great Circle Drive. At Gravel Pit Tor we were thrilled to get wonderful views of an adult White-throated Gerygone (vagrant to the Geelong region). We left plenty of time to explore East Flat and were rewarded with prolonged views of an adult Dollarbird (also a vagrant to the Geelong region) perched high on an exposed branch and a pair of White-browed Woodswallows feeding a very recently fledged juvenile. A second pair of woodswallows was present. A Diamond Firetail was heard calling several times. We also found evidence of successful breeding of Brown Goshawks and Collared Sparrowhawks in nearby areas.

... Craig Morley,  All photos courtesy of David Tytherleigh.

White-throated Gerygone

Female White-browed Woodswallow feeding a juvenile - an exciting local breeding record of this species

Dollarbird.

3C1A3880 W t Gerygone red

3C1A4118 W b Woodswallow juv fed red

3C1A4079 Dollarbird red