|Subject:||Edithvale Wetlands, Victoria|
|From:||S Cooney <>|
|Date:||Mon, 29 Jan 2001 19:17:33 +1100|
I had hide duty on Saturday, another lovely way to avoid working around the house, or doing anything for that matter. Nothing very exciting, although the Latham's Snipe was very easy to see for most of the day which was nice and a Spotless Crake appeared just before home-time at 5, the first I've seen there.
I did notice two things, one was the amusing way in which the Spotted Crake would bully, an disturb the roosting Sharpies. Every time it went past them it would run up and disturb them, making them get out of the way! The Crake was in fact smaller than the Sharpies, but I thought it was interesting as they were certainly not disturbed by the Snipe that was foraging in the same area.
Another thing was that this year there have been no Whiskered Terns at Edithvale. I recorded them on the 27th of November last year on one day, but in 1999 they arrived in late September and were recorded almost every day that the hide was open until the end of Feb! I wonder if Werribee, or other usual haunts are experiencing a similar state of affairs?
Bird list follows,
Little Pied Cormorant
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Spotted Crake
Australian White Ibis
(probably spelling mistakes here, I did them off the top of my head)
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