First stop was on Blanket Bay Road where it re-enters the Great Otway National Park
at a bridge over a small creek running through wet sclerophyll forest
Within 15 minutes here, I had seen: Silvereye, White-throated Treecreeper, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Laughing Kookaburra, Pied Currawong, Eastern Yellow Robin, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Crimson Rosella, Bassian Thrush, Red-browed Finch, Grey Fantail. In tall forest, the birds are mostly too far away to photograph successfully but the ubiquitous Superb Fairy-wren is usually closeby roadsides and walking tracks.
|Superb Fairy-wren (male), Blanket Bay Road, Cape Otway|
|Superb Fairy-wren (female), Blanket Bay Road, Cape Otway|
I also heard White-browed Scrubwren among the bracken along the creek and Pallid Cuckoo and Australian King Parrot high in the treetops but it took another 20 minutes to find them. They stayed a long way from me (so photographs are heavily cropped).
|White-browed Scrubwren, Blanket Bay Road, Cape Otway|
|Pallid Cuckoo, Blanket Bay Road, Cape Otway|
|Australian King Parrot (male and female), Blanket Bay Road, Cape Otway|
I continued on to Blanket Bay
|Blanket Bay, Cape Otway|
where there was very little bird life on the beach - only a few Silver Gulls. There were, however, many Crested Terns and Great Cormorants on the small rock islands a few hundred metres offshore.
Welcome Swallows were roosting on sign posts at the western end of the beach and juveniles allowed a close approach.
|Welcome Swallow (juvenile), Blanket Bay, Cape Otway|
On the way back along Cape Otway Lighthouse Road, I stopped to photograph several koalas in trees along the roadside. No, they're not birds but who can resist? Lots of males calling even in broad daylight.
|Koala, Cape Otway|