Point Cook, Victoria

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Subject: Point Cook, Victoria
From: "Shirley Cameron" <>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 20:49:02 +1100
I followed Richard  Nowotny's directions, (October 13th.) and had an
excellent morning on the road to Point Cook Homestead and around Spectacle
Lake.  My highlight came later as I was returning to Werribee on Sneyde's
Road.  I saw some fluffy black balls  running, I stopped and waited, soon a
Buff-Banded Rail appeared, so close binoculars were quite superfluous.
  I did not see the Ballion's Crake and that would have  been a big tick for
me,  but  did see most other birds Richard & Lawrie listed.    I appreciated
Richard allowing me to use his report in our Werribee Wagtales Newsletter.
An aside, I attended the Victorian Field Naturalists Camp at the Grampians
and was delighted to meet other "Birding-aus" ers.
The Grampians are a  fertile ground for bird watchers.   I did not keep an
organised list but the Black-tailed Native Hens were in abundance, many
White-necked Herons and Yellow Spoonbills too.  I was delighted to see a
couple of White-browed Babblers in the wildflower garden at Pomonal and
saddened to hear the story of the Grey-crowned Babblers which may be down to
two.  A Rose Robin is always great to see.

Shirley Cameron

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