From land, sea and sky to feathers, fur and fins, even Victorian wildlife will be spending some quality time with mum this weekend.

Some big maternal mammals are set to return to our shores, with the first Southern Right Whale sightings of the season confirmed off the south-west coastline.

In fact, it is the only spot in South East Australia where females return annually to nurse their calves.

The first lone Southern Right Whale was sighted at Portland last Sunday, with another sighting on Monday off Cape Bridgewater.

With the first sightings of the season now confirmed, whale numbers in the area are likely to increase in coming weeks.

Vessel operators should be vigilant when travelling in areas where whales are known to frequent.

Recreational boaters must remain 200 metres from whales, while high impact vessels, such as jet skis, must remain 300 metres away.

Boats that come within 300 metres of a whale should reduce their speed to 5 knots to avoid disturbing the whale.

You only need to look to the animal kingdom to appreciate the power of a mother’s love.

Last month our Orange-bellied Parrot Recovery Program released about 20 birds near Werribee and Avalon.

May is the last month of Autumn when migrations are complete for many species of bird that have either arrived in or left Victoria.

Orange bellied-parrots typically breed in March and April, and it’s hoped the benefits of flock life give the migrants a better chance of surviving the winter and returning to Tasmania for another breeding season.

Less than 50 of these critically endangered birds remain in the wild with the risk of extinction a real possibility.

The four-year program, led by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Zoos Victoria, showed early signs of success over the past two years, with flocks of up to 10 Orange-bellied Parrots sighted in Victoria for the first time in over a decade.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums of the animal kingdom.

Orange bellied parrot

Page last updated: 27/07/20