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Subject: Breamlea
From: "Bob & Sadhana Cook" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 10:10:50 +1100
I think it was Tim Dolby recommended to me recently to check out the area behind Breamlea, south of Geelong in Vic.  (38 17 28 S - 144 22 31 E).  I did so twice recently and this area is in prime condition for waterbirds and waders, with almost dry mud, wet mud, shallows and deeper water and many reedy, protected areas - it is alive with birds!  I am not great on waders, so probably missed some, but definitely Sharp-tailed, Curlew and Marsh Sandpipers, Common Greenshank, Red-necked Stint - hundreds of birds in total. 
Also Black-tailed Native Hen, Royal and Yellow-billed Spoonbills, Black Swans with young, Aust Shelduck, Grey & Chestnut Teal (100's), Hardhead, Black Duck, Great Egret, Swamp Harrier, Little and Whiskered Tern, White & Straw-necked Ibis, Pelican, Aust & Hoary-headed Grebe, Black-winged Stilt, Red-necked Avocet, Black-fronted Dotterel, White-necked and White-faced Heron, Rufous Night Heron, Masked Lapwing, White-fronted Chat.
Recommended for a visit in the near future as it is drying out.  Heading East on Blackgate Road, about 4 kms off the Geelong-Torquay Road is probably the easiest way to find it - large open wet area on the left.
Bob Cook
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