SPTD and garden list

Subject: SPTD and garden list
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 13:56:20 +1000
Hi all

I would agree with comments that Spotted Turtledoves (henceforth SPTDs below) are doing rather well at the moment. It is one of the species I see most frequently, and certainly seems as numerous as ever, if not more so. Of course, I haven't any data to backup this claim - it's just a feeling.

I'm waiting for the day (any day now) when I add something really SPECIAL to my garden (or backyard) list. This one will beat Swift Parrot, Gang Gang Cocaktoo, Peregrine Falcon, Brown Goshawk hands down as the best thing I've seen FROM my garden: Humpback Whale!

There are a couple of Humpbacks - some reports say M/F, others mother & calf - enjoying Corio Bay at the moment. Everywhere I've driven along the bay near Geelong in the last few days has had dozens of people lined up and looking out across the water, the nearest thing I've seen to a cetacean twitch.

I can see the bay from quite a few spots where I live - that's if I count the whole boarding school campus as 'my garden' - so I hope the whales do the right thing and turn up while I'm at one of them. They have been seen close to the school, near the entrance to Limeburner's Lagoon. I'm sure Rod Gardiner has whales on his 'garden' list already, as he lives near one of the points often mentioned in his despatches. Anybody seen a whale in their backyard????


Russell Woodford
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