Monday, 11 December 2006

Freeway fauna

Rural roads are good sites for spotting parrots and raptors (and brolgas in SW Victoria) but city freeways have their share of birds. Of course, it's easier to keep a look out if you’re the passenger but even the most careful and attentive driver can spot a range of species without looking away from the road.

Here's this morning's haul from my drive into work in Melbourne.
  • Pelicans
  • White-faced heron
  • White ibis
  • Masked lapwings
  • Silver gulls
  • Crested pigeons
  • Spotted turtle-doves
  • Feral pigeons
  • Galahs
  • Starlings
  • Common mynahs
  • Magpie-larks
  • Magpies
  • Ravens
Over the past few weeks, I've also seen straw-necked ibis, Nankeen kestrels, black-shouldered kites, wedge-tailed eagles and sulphur-crested cockatoos. Not to mention plenty of little brown birds that were probably house sparrows but I'd like to think were something more interesting.


Duncan said...

Just got on to the Monash Freeway on a trip to town one day when a Darter sailed over. The last thing I expected to see.

Snail said...

Wow! That's not a bad sighting! The best I ever get is pelicans. Mind you, I adore them. One day I saw half a dozen soaring on the thermals from the road. (This was earlier in the year—before the state became one great big thermal.)