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Great Ocean Road Birds – from Sea Zen Wye River

The Spotted Pardalote, first time we ever saw one.

The Spotted Pardalote, first time we ever saw one.

We love birds, our guests love birds and our whole community loves the birds. And why not? The native birds of Wye River and Separation Creek are among the area’s greatest natural features. They are so beautiful to look at and keep us entertained with their antics around our towns. And we have over 150 species in the Otways and along the Great ocean Road.

Last month we decided to have an entire day of Bird watching for our community. Over 30 people came and listened to Simon Starr, an ornithologist and bird expert who has been running his Firetail Bird Watching tours around the state for 20 years. First we spent a few hours looking at his slides and sharing stories of our experiences. Then, along with our picnic lunches we went out for a day of spotting.

Simon Starr, bird expert showing us rare Hooded Plover.

Simon Starr, bird expert showing us rare Hooded Plover.

And boy did we spot. A beautiful sunny day gave us the backdrop to sights of a Satin Bower Bird’s bower, the endangered Hooded Plover on the beach, the usual cacophony of King Parrots and Rosellas, the gorgeous Superb Fairy Wren and a cute little thing most of us had no idea about, the Spotted Pardalote. Rex and I have had almost twenty years in this area without seeing a bower or a Pardalote but now we know how to do both!

Hooded Plover, rare and endangered are near our towns.

Hooded Plover, rare and endangered are near our towns.

Simon introduced us to a whole new way of looking at our birds, gave us some fabulous little secrets and heaps of information.

We have been inspired by the whole experience and have started on our own Sea Zen Insiders ‘Bird Spotting Guide’.  It will have all those insights and tips that we gleaned from Simon.  20 years of questions answered in a concise 10 page guide.  Stay tuned for progress!

At Sea Zen we know many of our guests love the bird experience too so we have provided basic information on our feathered friends, books and dvds. And of course we provide natural wild bird seed for the ultimate guest experience.

Join us at Sea Zen to experience the beautiful birds of our region. When you come back to Sea Zen you’ll find more bird info than ever before. Perhaps you can get close to some new species you’ve never seen before too.

Surperb Fairy Wren.

Superb Fairy Wren.

The magical bower of the Satin Bower bird, a collection of blue items to woo the female.

The magical bower of the Satin Bower bird, a collection of blue items to woo the female.

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