OBP survey

Subject: OBP survey
From: (Scott Chandry)
Date: Tue, 20 May 1997 09:12:37 +0000
Greetings birding-ausers,

This past Sunday Mark Bennett and myself joined numerous others in the orange 
bellied parrot survey.  Unfortunately our survey area in Murtcaim wildlife 
area (adjacent to the Western treatment plant-Werribee) did not produce any 
OBPs.  The biggest highlight was seeing a spotted crake and while observing 
through scopes a Lewin's rail entered the same field of view.  From the same 
location a large mixed flock of royal and yellow-billed spoonbills was 
observed in the lagoon.  

Following the survey we finished the day at the sewage farm where we saw the 
long toed stint for the second weekend in a row at the Paradise Rd. mud 
flats.  Stuart Dashpar, Lawrie Conole and Susan Myers told us about some OBPs 
at the mouth of the Little River and as we arrived, six OBPs obliged and made 
an appearance.  We watched them for some time as they fed, occasionally 
walking on the road before they finally flew off.  The tide was somewhat 
unfavourable when we stopped at the reed beds along the Little River in 
search a spotless crake or Lewin's rail.  It was less productive than last 
week but two buff-banded rails were seen.  Our general impression of the 
sewage farm on Sunday was that it was raptor rich.  It seemed we couldn't 
drive 5 metres without finding another whistling kite or swamp harrier.  Also 
seen were lots of brown falcons, kestrels, black-shouldered kites, and one 
brown goshawk.  Finally, as we passed the Paradise Rd. mud flats on the way 
out two glossy ibis were present.


P. Scott Chandry


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