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Birds of Victoria - #7(d) – East Gippsland (Metung) (16 May 2018)

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Back in May 2018, we had a couple of nights at Metung Holiday Villas in Metung with friends from Moama, NSW.

Our accommodation there was more than adequate and better than most we have encountered in similar holiday parks. Our cabin accommodated the four of us in two bedrooms, with separate ensuites, and a shared lounge / kitchen / dining room area.

The park itself was beautifully maintained and, overall, highly recommended.

Birds of Victoria - #7(a) - East Gippsland (Lakes Entrance / Bairnsdale) White-browed Scrubwren, Water Treatment Plant, Lakes Entrance, VIC

Whilst we had visited Metung a couple of times in the past, we had never actually stayed overnight in that lovely little village on the shores of the Gippsland Lakes.

Birds of Victoria - #2 - Ballarat / Bendigo Region Australasian Grebe, Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, VIC

My first birding opportunity was a quick walk to the Metung Park (at the end of Metung Road). There, I came across a sizeable flock of Black Swan, Australasian Grebe, Silver / Pacific Gull, Little Black / Little Pied Cormorant, Little / Red Wattlebird, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Welcome Swallow, Australian Pelican and Pied Oystercatcher.

After lunch from a bakery in the village, we headed off for 9 holes of golf at the nearby Kings Cove Golf Club.

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

During play, I sighted – Rainbow Lorikeet, Eastern Rosella, Galah, Superb Fairy-wren, Australian Magpie, Magpie-lark, Red Wattlebird, Noisy Miner, Pacific Black Duck and Australian Raven.

Birds of Victoria - #6 – Mornington Peninsula  Wedge-tailed Eagle, Eagle Ridge Golf Course, Rosebud, VIC

Not a great variety of birdlife but the course was well worth playing and the members were very welcoming to us visitors.

That evening we had an excellent meal of locally caught flathead at the Metung Hotel. We had dined at this hotel before and it continues to offer an extensive range of reasonably priced meals.

Birds of Victoria - #7(c) – East Gippsland (Mallacoota) Australian Pelican, Mallacoota, VIC

The hotel's location, on a quiet reach of land at the edge of the Gippsland Lakes is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. It offers appealing water views over the adjacent marina and the vast lake system beyond.

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