Stubble Quail by David Ong

This page is about birding spots and birds of Terrick Terrick National Park.

This page extracts photographs from the web pages on this site that feature birds that have been observed in Terrick Terrick National Park.

The gallery covering the entire region comprises three web pages which can be accessed by clicking here for page one, by clicking here for page 2 and here for page 3.

Terrick Terrick National Park protects one of the relatively few areas of undisturbed natural vegetation on the plains of northern Victoria.

 

Accessing the Park
The day picnic area, camping area and Mitiamo Rock (Mt Terrick Terrick) can be accessed from Mitiamo via the Lake Timms-Sylvaterre Road (also called Mitiamo Forest Road). This road is sealed almost to the park entrance. Turn right onto Picnic Track once the park is entered.

The largest grassland section can be accessed from the Echuca-Mitiamo Road via Kow Swamp Road. Vehicles (other than management vehicles) are not permitted on the grasslands.

Consult maps re accessing non-contiguous grassland areas.

 

Camping
There is a day picnic area and a free camping ground at the base of Mitiamo Rock (Mt Terrick Terrick). Toilets are located between the picnic area and the camping area but are not regularly maintained (i.e. bring your own toilet paper).

Groups should contact the ranger, Mark Tscharke, by phoning (03) 5450 3951 or the Echuca office of Parks Victoria prior to camping here.

For further information about the forested area of the park, contact the Echuca office of Parks Victoria. Information regarding the grassland areas should be directed to ranger Mark Tscharke.

There are no commercial caravan parks close to the park. However, there are caravan parks in Cohuna, Echuca, Gunbower, Rochester, and other towns in the region. Accommodation is available at the Pyramid Hill Hotel.

 

Maps
Topographic maps may be useful. These may be ordered from Information Victoria by telephoning 1300 366 356. The best map is probably Mitiamo-Patho 1:50,000 7725-N
VicMap does not have a 1:25,000 map of the area.

A map of the park can be downloaded from the web site of Parks Victoria, ParkWeb. This is probably the best available map of the park. Copies are usually available from information boxes at the Picnic Track entrance and in the picnic ground.

 

Links to other pages about Terrick Terrick National Park

link Downloadable pdf brochure: Terrick Terrick National Park (text by Peter Allan

Keith Stockwell's Terrick Terrick National Park Page (with notes about the Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park Inc.)

link Bushland Reserves of northern Victoria and southern (Riverina) NSW (page 1 of several pages)

link Photo gallery of the birds of northern Victoria and southern (Riverina) NSW (page 1 of several web pages)

link Terrick Terrick bird check list (pdf file)

 

External links

linksParks Victoria's Terrick Terrick National Park Page

linksParks Victoria's Visitor Guide to Terrick Terrick National Park (pdf; includes a map of the park)

linksUrban Birder's 2009 visit to Terrick Terrick National Park

 

 

 

 

Bird list for Terrick Terrick National Park
The following list is based on observations made over the past decade. More species may be added if and when they have been observed in the park. Most of the waterbirds are only observed alongside Bendigo Creek and/or on dams. Some of the birds listed below are usually only observed on the grassland precincts of the park. And some are restricted to the forested section.

Stubble Quail
Brown Quail
Black Swan
Australian Shelduck
Australian Wood Duck
Pink-eared Duck
Australasian Shoveler
Grey Teal
Chestnut Teal
Pacific Black Duck
Hardhead
Australasian Grebe

Hoary-headed Grebe
Rock Dove
Spotted Dove
Common Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Tawny Frogmouth
Australasian Darter
Little Pied Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Pied Cormorant
White-necked Heron
Eastern Great Egret
Intermediate Egret
White-faced Heron
Little Egret
Nankeen Night Heron
Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Black-shouldered Kite
Whistling Kite
Black Kite
Brown Goshawk

Collared Sparrowhawk
Spotted Harrier
Swamp Harrier
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Little Eagle
Nankeen Kestrel
Brown Falcon
Australian Hobby
Black Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Brolga
Purple Swamphen
Baillons Crake
Australian Spotted Crake
Spotless Crake
Black-tailed Native Hen
Dusky Moorhen
Eurasian Coot
Black-winged Stilt
Inland Dotterel
Black-fronted Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel
Banded Lapwing
Masked Lapwing
Plains-wanderer
Australian Pratincole

Galah
Long-billed Corella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Cockatiel
Eastern Rosella
Australian (Mallee) Ringneck
Red-rumped Parrot
Budgerigar
Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo
Pallid Cuckoo
Brush Cuckoo
Black-eared Cuckoo
Shining Bronze Cuckoo
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Southern Boobook
Barn Owl
Laughing Kookaburra
Sacred Kingfisher
Rainbow Bee-eater
Brown Tree-creeper
Superb Fairy-wren
White-winged Fairy-wren
Weebill
Western Gerygone
Striated Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Southern Whiteface
Spotted Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
Singing Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Red Wattlebird
White-fronted Chat
Black-chinned Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater
Noisy Friarbird
Little Friarbird

Grey-crowned Babbler
White-browed Babbler
Chestnut-crowned Babbler
Varied Sittella
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
White-winged Triller
Crested Shrike-tit
Gilbert's whistler
Rufous Whistler
Grey Shrike-thrush
Olive-backed Oriole
White-
breasted Woodswallow
Masked Woodswallow
White-
browed Woodswallow
Black-faced Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Grey Fantail
Willie Wagtail
Australian Raven
Little Raven
Restless Flycatcher
White-winged Chough
Jacky Winter
Red-capped Robin
Flame Robin
Hooded Robin
Horsfield's Bushlark
Eurasian Skylark
Golden-headed Cisticola
Australian Reed-Warbler
Little Grassbird
Rufous Songlark
Brown Songlark
Silvereye
Welcome Swallow
Fairy Martin
Tree Martin
Common Starling
Mistletoebird
Zebra Finch
Diamond Firetail
House Sparrow
Australasian Pipit
European Goldfinch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Terrick Terrick Birds

Black-shouldered Kite
Black-shouldered Kite by Murray Chambers

Birds of Terrick Terrick National Park

This page is about the birds and good bird-watching sites in Terrick Terrick National Park

Terrick Terrick National Park is highly-regarded by many bird observers. It is featured in Thomas, Thomas, Andrew and McBride: The Complete Guide to Finding the Birds of Australia.

The park has four distinct habitats:

• rocky outcrops
• Cypress Pine/Box woodland
• indigenous grassland (including non-contiguous grassland precincts), and
• wetlands along Bendigo Creek (plus dams, plus pools in the quarried area west of the cemetery)
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Some of the birds listed are usually only observed in one or two of the four habitat areas The following tour includes visits to each of these habitats.

 

A birding tour of Terrick Terrick National Park

Getting to Terricks

Terrick Terrick National Park is located about 50km west of Echuca and about 3km north of Mitiamo. This tour starts at the crossroads in Mitiamo.

On the outskirts of Mitiamo, look for Brolgas: a pair is occasionally seen alongside Bendigo Creek or on the football oval. In wetter years, check out depressions and dams for birds such as Whistling Duck, Black-winged Stilt and Black-tailed Native Hen.

From the crossroads in Mitiamo, drive north on the Sylvaterre-Lake Tims Lake Road (Mitiamo Forest Road) for about four km into the National Park and turn right at the Park sign onto Cemetery (Picnic Ground) Track.

Terricks Map

 

Stop One: corner of Picnic Track and Link Track
Unless you already have a copy of the park notes, upon entering the park collect a brochure from the pamphlet box.

Then turn left off Picnic Track onto Link Track and stop a short distance along Link Track. Check out the bush alongside Link Track (east of the pamphlet box) for bush birds, e.g. Red-capped and Hooded Robins (and, in winter, Flame Robin), thornbills, honeyeaters, Diamond Firetail, Crested Shrike Tit, Eastern Rosella and Varied Sittella. Diamond Firetails nest here in late spring/summer and decorate their nests with Everlastings. Unfortunately, however, bush bird numbers, including Firetail numbers crashed during recent drought years. At times, large numbers of wood-swallows may be observed.


Crested Shrike-tit
Crested Shrike-tit
Photographer: David Ong


Red-capped Robin
Red-capped Robin
Photographer: Murray Chambers

Diamond Firetail
Diamond Firetail
Photographer: David Ong

Hooded Robin
Hooded Robin
Photographer: Murray Chambers

Varied Sittella
Varied Sittella
Photographer: Murray Chambers

White-breasted Woodswallow
White-breasted Woodswallow
Photographer: David Ong

Terrick Terrick National Park supports Victoria's largest stand of native White Cypress Pine, meaning parts of the park have a European rather than Australian appearance.

Terrick Terrick Forest
Terrick Terrick Forest by Keith Stockwell

Drive alongside the boundary fence on Picnic Track until you reach a T-intersection. Turn right to the cemetery.

Stop Two: Mitiamo Cemetery
Drive alongside the boundary fence on Picnic Track. Keep an eye out for Australian Ringneck Parrots. When you reach a T-intersection, turn right to the cemetery and then veer left,and park near the entry gates. Less common plant species survive immediately to the east of the cemetery, e.g. Hakea, Hop Bush, Drooping She-oak, Buloke and Sandalwood. These plants, in turn, support a number of endangered and bush birds. Look for White-browed Babbler, wood-swallows, robins and Jacky Winter. It is suggested that you walk outside of the cemetery, along the eastern fence until the south-eastern corner. Look for Babblers, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Mistletoebird and Peaceful Dove. Th cemetery is at the edge of the forest, close to farmland. Such peripheral zones are often rich in bird species.


Brownp-headed Honeyeater
Brown-headed Honeyeater
Photographer: Murray Chambers

Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo
Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo
Photographer: Murray Chambers


White-browed Babblers
White-browed Babblers
Photographer: Murray Chambers

Jacky Winter
Jacky Winter
Photographer: David Ong

Following wet periods, ponds that form in the large quarry to the west of the cemetery (the quarry is not a part of the national park) may support Wood Duck, Australasian Grebe and other waterbirds.

Rock Isotome
Rock Isotome on the slopes of Mitiamo Rock (Mount Terrick Terrick) by David Ong.

Stop Three: Mitiamo Rock (Mt Terrick)
Retrace your route to the T intersection but continue along Picnic Track to the well-kept picnic ground at the base of Mitiamo Rock (Mt Terrick). There are toilets and tables here. Brown Tree-creepers and Tree Martins live in the picnic ground. Diamond Firetail is often observed in the grass near the toilets.

Mistletoebirds often feed on nearby Ballart. Near the start of the walking track to the summit (95m above sea level), look for Gilberts Whistler, Southern Whiteface, Ringneck Parrot, White-winged Chough, Grey Shrike Thrush and robins. Taking care, the Rock can be climbed relatively easily and allows great views across the plains of northern Victoria to Pyramid Hill, Mount Hope and Kow Swamp.

Gilberts Whistler
Gilbert's Whistler
Photographer: David Ong

Grey Shrike-thrush
Grey Shrike-thrush
Photographer: David Ong

Tree Martin
Tree Martin
Photographer: David Ong


Brown Tree-creeper
Brown Tree-creeper
Photographer: David Ong


There are native wells in the rock about a hundred metres west of the walking track. A cross country walk from the here due west toward Allen Track and Link Track will take you through a thick understorey of Olearia. This is a good spot to look for Painted Button-quail.

Stop Four: Base of a Riegal Rock
Return to the
Sylvaterre-Timms Lake Road and drive north for about five km. Turn right onto Marlow Track and follow it for about two km where there are some aboriginal rock wells on your right, due south of Riegal Rock. The wells and the base of Riegal Rock (Byrne Hill) often afford good birding. It is worth walking cross country from the road to the base of the rock formation. Listen for Rufous Whistlers calling from the shrubbery. Look for raptors, including Little Eagle, Brown Falcon, Nankeen Kestrel and Brown Goshawk. Occasionally, Black Falcon is observed here. Each year, Wedgetailed Eagles nest in the district. This is a great area for Everlastings in Spring if the Winter has been a wet one.

Occasionally, Cockatiels are observed in this area.


Cockatiel
Cockatiel
Photographer: Keith Stockwell

Little Eagle
Little Eagle
Photographer: David Ong

Nankeen Kestrel
Nankeen Kestrel
Photographer: Murray Chambers

Rufous Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Photographer: David Ong

 

Stop Five: Rogers Track
Drive back to the Sylvaterre-Lake Timms Road and turn right. Drive north until you see Squire Track on your left. Drive west along Squire Track which becomes Rogers Track. About a kilometre along this track there is a dam on your right (the north side of the track). It is worth stopping in this vicinity. In summer, look for Budgerigars, woodswallows and honeyeaters. In dry weather, many birds may come to the dam for a drink. Retrace your journey back to Sylvaterre-Lake Timms Road (Mitiamo Forest Road) and turn right back towards Mitiamo. Turn right at a crossroad onto the Mologa-Echuca Road.

Stop Six: Eastern Boundary of the forested area
Continue along the Mologa-Echuca Road to the eastern boundary fence. Stop here. Tracks lead north and south. The track heading south is usually affords outstanding birding opportunities, especially early in the morning. Robins, flycatchers and Southern Whiteface are often seen on the fences, particularly in winter when southerly or westerly winds are blowing. Grey-crowned Babblers sometimes frequent this area.

If you do not wish to visit the grasslands, you could do a U-turn and drive west along the Mologa-Echuca Road through the park, stopping at the western edge of the park (good area for Black-chinned Honeyeater) and/or continue through Mologa (abandoned township) and across a railway line. On the western side of the railway line is a patch of Eremophila which, when the bushes are in flower, sometimes supports some of the less-common honeyeaters of the region. Alternatively visit Fabians paddock or return to Mitiamo.

Stop Seven: Fabians Paddock
Continuing east on the Mologa-Echuca Road, you come to the Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Road. If you turn left and drive for 4km, at Regal Road junction, you reach the southerly paddocks of the Park's indigenous grasslands.Keep an eye out for Black Falcons as a pair often nest in a clump of trees not far from the road. A further 3.5km along the road, on your right, is the old Davies homestead. One of the best grassland paddocks is 'Fabians', on the south side of Leahys Ferris Road. Key species to look for include Brown Songlark, Skylark, Horsfield's Bushlark and Australasian Pipit. Please do not drive on the paddocks.

Plains-wandered_female
Plains-wanderer
female
Endangered. In the case of most birds, it is the male that is the more colourful. However, the female Plains-wanderer is more colourful than the male. This species is found only in suitable indigenous grassland areas. A number of indigenous grassland areas been reserved on the Patho Plain to protect this species. Most of these grassland areas are now part of Terrick Terrick National Park.
Photographer: David Ong


Plains-wanderer
Plains-wanderer
male
Apart from the several grassland precincts of Terrick Terrick National Park, grassland reserves to protect this species have been set aside on the Wanderers Plain (west of Kerang) and at Oolambeyan between Deniliquin and Hay..
Photographer: David Ong

 


Brown Songlark
Brown Songlark
Photographer: David Ong


Bushlark
Bushlark
Photographer: David Ong


Pipit
Australasian Pipit: resembling skinny sparrows, Pipits often sit on fences in grassland areas.
Photographer: Murray Chambers

If travelling back to Echuca, you might drive south on the Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Road back to the Echuca-Mitiamo Road.

If you intend to visit The Meadows, drive south along Kow Swamp Road to Mologa-Echuca Road and follow it east until you reach Mount Terricks Road. Follow Mount Terricks Road north-east toward Echuca until you reach the intersection with Davis Road (which is not clearly signposted).

Especially in wet weather, avoid using Clee Road, Davis Road, Tomara Road and other roads labelled as dry-weather only. These unsealed roads really are useable only when they are dry.

The Meadows
Lignum swamp in The Meadows Wildlife Area by Keith Stockwell

Stop Eight: The Meadows Wildlife Area
Following rainy periods, The Meadows Wildlife Area often provides outstanding birding opportunities. This block is located alongside Davis Road but, unlike nearby grassland paddocks, is not part of the national park. It is only accessible when David Road is dry. Unless a stile has been constructed or unless the gate is open, it is necessary to scale a fence. Follow the drain to an area of lignum.

Birds observed here in 2011 included Black-tailed Native Hen, Stubble Quail, Australasian Grebe, Reed Warbler, White-winged Fairy-wren, Spotted Crake and Spotless Crake, Red-kneed Dotterel, Black-fronted Dotterel, Pink-eared Duck, Grey Teal, Little Grassbird, Southern Whiteface, Banded Lapwing, Nankeen Kestrel and Swamp Harrier.


Spotted Crake
Spotted Crake
Photographer: David Ong

Spotless Crake
Spotless Crake
Photographer: Roy Peachey


Black-fronted Dotterel
Black-fronted Dotterel
Photographer: David Ong

Australasian Grebe
Australasian Grebe
Photographer: David Ong

Stubble Quail
Stubble Quail
Photographer: David Ong


Reed Warbler
Reed Warbler
Photographer: Keith Stockwell


Return to Mount Terricks Road and follow it either to Mitiamo or to Echuca.

Bendigo Creek
Bendigo Creek east of the Davies Homestead. Note the grassland plain in the background.
Photographer: Keith Stockwell

Bendigo Creek
The reach of Bendigo Creek between Balderstone Road and Hopper Road has been included in Terrick Terrick National Park. This stretch of the creek is lined with lignum, Black Box and, in places, River Red Gum. In places there are near-permanent pools. The creek area provides a fourth habitat type. Many waterbirds are to be found alongside this stretch of Bendigo Creek.

Unfortunately, however, access is limited.

During the annual open weekend, the gates alongside the old Davies house are unlocked and participants are usually able to go on a guided walk alongside the creek.

A glimpse of the creekside area can be obtained where Jungaburra Road crosses Bendigo Creek.

Black-tailed Native Hen
Black-tailed Native Hen: often sighted alongside Bendigo Creek
Photographer: Marlene Lyell

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