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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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