Trip Report: Werribee (rarities)

Subject: Trip Report: Werribee (rarities)
From: Mark Bennett <>
Date: Mon, 12 May 1997 11:28:26 +1000 (EET)
  Last Saturday, 10th May, Scott Chandry, John Boyce and myself went down
  to Werribee Sewage Farm, between Melbourne and Geelong, Vic. It was an
  amazing day's birding - here is a brief report of the highlights.

    Both together at the Paradise Rd mudflats! There is a trench which runs
    parallel to Paradise Rd which passes under an old wooden walkway/bridge.
    Both birds were feeding mostly behind the low rise which separates the
    trench from the mudflats i.e. on the blind side of the rise wrt the road.
    They were between the bridge and 100m or so back (west, I think i.e. away
    from the Little River). We had to work to see them as there are only a few 
    places where there is a gap in the rise. Fred Smith and Fred ????, who
    put us onto the birds (thanks guys!) said that this is the time of year to 
    see both Pectorals (20 were there a couple of weeks back - they gather at 
    the mudflats before migrating) and Long-toed Stints (they apparently move
    through the area at this time) at Werribee. We got great views - at one
    stage the birds were feeding side by side!

  Spotless Crake (1)
  Buff-banded Rail (2+)
    We spent some time scanning a 75m or so long reedbed beside the Little 
    River. Brief, but satisfying views were had of Lewin's Rail
    (woo-hoo!) and Spotless Crake. Buff-banded Rails were much more
    accomodating, feeding in the open and giving great views. Spotted Crakes,
    which are usually the most common crake in the area, are absent from
    Werribee at the moment. 
    To find the reed bed, cross the frord onto the Melbourne side of the river
    and stop at the fist extensive reedbed you come to. If you get to a major
    kink in the river you have come too far. 

  Australasian Bittern (1) 
    seen by the side of the main entrance road (Farm Rd?)  just 
    before (few 100m) the T intersection. Rather than flushing, it went into
    the typical head-up posture giving great views to one of us.


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  P.S. A system crash has meant that I have lost a lot of e-mail - my apologies
       if I never replied to you.

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