- Birds of Phillip Island - #8 - North-East Coastline: My reference to the North-East Coastline relates to one of the few beaches in Victoria with a northerly aspect and ... read story
- Birds of Phillip Island - #5 - Southern Coastline: My reference to the Southern Coastline covers that stretch of foreshore which faces Bass Strait from Sunderland Bay to Forest ... read story
- Birds of Phillip Island - #4 - Fisher's Wetlands and Churchill Island: After crossing onto Phillip Island from San Remo, and having collected your map from the Tourist Information Centre, ... read story
- Birds of Phillip Island - #3 - Shearwater Estate Wetlands: I regularly visit this easy access and productive birding site, at Shearwater Estate, which is opposite the Phillip ... read story
- Birds of Phillip Island - #2 - Swan Lake: Another favourite location for birdlife observation and photography is the precinct embracing Swan Lake. This area is ... read story
- Birds of Phillip Island - #1 - Phillip Island Golf Course: I am a resident of Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia and a passionate bird-watcher / photographer. My association with ... read story
- Feral creatures, plants: Rabbits are plentiful-probably just walked on over at low tide as many used to play on beach early mornings. ... read story
- USAF radar hut: There was a USAF radar hut on this island till about 1951. read story
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Birds of Phillip Island - #8 - North-East Coastline
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My reference to the North-East Coastline relates to one of the few beaches in Victoria with a northerly aspect and covers that stretch of the Phillip Island foreshore from Silverleaves to Rhyll.
It includes the renowned Ramsar listed wetlands of the Rhyll Inlet.
These wetlands attract numerous species of birdlife to the island where one will regularly see Great, Little Black, Little Pied and Pied Cormorants, Great Egret, White-faced and White-necked Herons, Sooty and Pied Oystercatchers, Australian Pelicans and Royal and Yellow-billed Spoonbills.
It is another island hot-spot to observe local raptors including Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Swamp Harrier, Black-shouldered and Whistling Kites and Brown Goshawk.
The foreshore at Silverleaves has a number of areas that have been roped-off to protect the nesting sites currently in use by Hooded and Red-capped Plovers.
There are a number of boardwalks and walking trails through the wetland mangroves and adjacent bushland that facilitate close access for exciting birding and general enjoyment of the outdoors.
More detail is available via the following internet link –
Another worthwhile view over the inlet may be had from the end of McIllwraith Road in the township of Rhyll.
There is a well developed walking track to the left of this lofty viewing point which extends between open farmland and the heavy vegetation running down to the upper reaches of the inlet. Some good birding may be had along this track whilst swamp wallabies will be seen nearby early morning and late afternoon.
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