Fav 5 animals on our coast


The GORCC office staff have put their heads together to come up with a list of their favourite five animals which are unique to the Surf Coast.

  1. Rufous Bristlebird
  2. Long Nose Bandicoot
  3. Hooded Plovers
  4. Jacky Lizard (Tree Dragon)
  5. Pobblebonk Frog

Rufous Bristlebird

imag0015Why do we love them?

  • The Surf Coast is one of the last places in the world that you are likely to see these birds.
  • Because their home range is specific to this coast, twitchers (birdwatchers) from all over Australia come here to spot them and tick them off their list.
  • They are a miniature road-runner, usually seen running across pathways and between bushes (but they can fly when needed)
  • The medium-sized songbird has a loud and distinctive vocal call which makes the bird easily identifiable.

These little guys are at risk from fox and cat predation and are listed as near threatened in Victoria.

Long Nosed Bandicoot

imag0067Why do we love them?

  • Once a very common sight on our coast, the Long Nosed Bandicoot is now rarely seen.
  • The Long Nosed Bandicoots are among those few bandicoots that make high pitched noise.
  • The long nosed bandicoot is nocturnal in nature and digs holes in search for food.
  • They look like an interbred between a small kangaroo and a shrew to some extent.
  • Baby bandicoot stays in the pouch for at least seven weeks.

These guys are under threat from fox attacks and habitat loss.

Hooded Plovers

You only have to take a quick glimpse at our blog to see that we love our Hoodies. These vulnerable beach-nesting shorebirds have three breeding sites on GORCC managed land and we are committed to protecting these guys and raising awareness with the #SaveTheHoodie campaign.

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Why do we love them?

  • Without human assistance, Hoodies have only have a 2.5% chance of survival from egg to fully fledged adult.
  • Hoodie chicks have one of the lowest survival rates of any species at 1 in every 100 chicks.
  • Hoodies have a 90-95% nest failure rate.   Pairs will often have more than 4 failed nest attempts in one breeding season
  • A Hoodie pair will continue to breed and try to rear chicks throughout the breeding season even if their eggs don’t survive other attempts.

Jacky Lizard (Tree Dragon)

jacky-dragonWhy do we love them?

  • This heathland and dune reptile is incredibly fast and often difficult to spot, let alone get a hold of.
  • They have powerful limbs and use them rapidly when disturbed, making them very difficult to spot.
  • These rare lizards are an exciting find among the Anglesea Heathlands.

Pobblebonk Frog

pobblebonk-big-duneWhy we love them?

  • They are a characteristic natural sound of this coastline.
  • The Pobblebonk frog gets its name from the distinctive “bonk” sound they make.
  • The frog is found in a variety of habitats ranging from sand dunes, to the Otway forests.
  • Tadpoles grow to a maximum length of 68mm and take up to 15 months to complete development.

These are a few of our favourite animals that call the Surf Coast home. What are yours? Comment below!

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