National OBP count (Australia)

Subject: National OBP count (Australia)
From: "Martin O'Brien"<>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 1998 17:00:31 +1000
Along with many other observers in the State of Victoria I participated in
the annual winter count for Orange-bellied Parrots last weekend (Saturday
25/7) at French Island, Western Port Bay.

No luck this year with the rather rare parrot (especillay east of
Melbourne) but we still had a great day recording other birds.

Highlights were:
2 Sacred Kingfishers feeding in dead mangroves during our lunch break
Marsh Harriers, Black-shouldered Kites and a Nankeen Kestrel hunting over
the saltmarsh
Greenshanks, a Caspian Tern and Pied Oystercatchers (several with bands)
along the western shoreline and Ruddy Turnstones amongst the Double-banded
Plovers and Stints near the Tankerton Jetty.

Completed counts will be forwarded to the Wetlands Database and Atlas of
Victorian Wildlife.  Did anyone see OBP's at their site??

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer
Scientific Advisory Committee
Threatened Species Program
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne,  3002

tel: +61 3 9412 4567
fax: +61 3 9412 4586

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