Shortland Wetlands Centre 28 October

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Subject: Shortland Wetlands Centre 28 October
From: "Irene" <>
Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2000 08:38:54 +1100
Hi everyone

Visited Shortland Wetlands Centre (32 52 42 S, 151 41 41 E - Newcastle, 2 hours 
drive north of Sydney) 28 October.  Also the
markets swamp across the road.  Plenty of good birdwatching including:

Pacific Black Ducks with tiny (cute) chicks
Ditto Australasian Grebe - lovely stripes on the immatures
Brown Honeyeaters calling very stridently
2 Black-fronted Dotterel including chasing away 2 Red-kneed Dotterels
Nankeen Night-Heron - adults and highly mottled immatures sitting around like 
statues in the paperbarks.  The more you
looked, the more you found!
200 Cattle Egret in resplendent orange colours
Latham's Snipe - 4 in grass next to the water, giving some fabulous views as 
they moved around, but generally otherwise just
their head popping up above grasstop level and disappearing again in peek-a-boo 
Wandering Whistling-Duck - a few at Shortland, 50 at Markets Swamp.  Beautiful 
80 Hardheads at markets swamp

Ash Island 32 52 00 S, 151 43 09 E a little quiet, windy as always - but 
produced Eastern Curlew and 7 Marsh Sandpipers.
White-fronted Chats and lots of Richard's Pipits on the tracks in front of the 
Saw a bird having a dustbath on a track and thought it might have been a quail, 
but getting closer showed it to be a
Richard's Pipit.  I've never observed this behaviour in this pipit before.
Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike on nest, and was able to observe the adults changing 
over minding duties.

Irene Denton
Concord West, 12 km from Sydney city, NSW Australia
33 50 17 S     151 05 25 E

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