Hide Duty

Subject: Hide Duty
From: S Cooney <>
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 09:35:10 +1000
Good Morning,

I spent another interesting, though damp day at the Edithvale Wetlands Bird Hide in Victoria on Saturday. A quiet sort of a day, with very few visitors and barely a Comb Crested Jacana to be seen let alone a Northern Shoveller or Pintail!

There were no waders in yet, and there is probably too much water for them at the moment; there is hardly any exposed mud, its all water. Plenty of cygnets, most of the Swans with young had four or five trailing behind them. It must be a good season. Other Swans were still building nests.

What we missed in variety was compensated by the regular menacing appearance of a pair of Swamp Harriers regularly transecting the swamp, although without success in the time we were watching.

All in all a lovely relaxing way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Full bird list follows in no particular order.


Chestnut Teal
Grey Teal
Black Swan
Little Black Cormorant
Silver Gull
Eurasian Coot
Golden Headed Cistacola
Swamp Harrier
Common Myna
Australasian Shoveller
Little Raven
Black-shouldered Kite
Clamorous Reed Warbler
Great Cormorant
Common Blackbird
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Pelican
Australasian Grebe
Dusky Moorhen
Purple Swamphen
White-faced Heron
Spotted Turtle-Dove
Welcome Swallow
Little Grassbird
Hoary-headed Grebe
Willie Wagtail
Australian Spotted Crake
Grey Fantail
Australian White Ibis (Sacred)
European Goldfinch
Feral Pigeon
Blue-billed Duck

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