Freckled Duck at Drysdale (Bellarine Peninsula)

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Subject: Freckled Duck at Drysdale (Bellarine Peninsula)
From: "Marlene Lyell" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 00:31:50 +1100
Hi All,
  Further to Russell's posting of 10th March, made 2 visits to Lake Lorne at Drysdale over the weekend.
  The Freckled Duck are still in residence but could only locate 1 Blue-billed and 1 Musk Duck amongst the many Teal, Hardhead, Coots, Moorhen and Grebes.  A pair of Shovellers, a lone Darter and one Great Cormorant hiding amongst the Little Pied & Little Black Cormorants.
  White Ibis dotted the island whilst around the edges Black-fronted Dotterel and Swamphen foraged.  Wood & Black Duck snoozed, Welcome Swallows skimmed the water and a solitary Cattle Egret on the edge of the reeds.
   Swans, Masked Lapwing, White-faced Heron added to the total whilst on Sunday, a Red-kneed Dotterel obliged by landing right in front of me.  Always nice to see.
    The bushbirds included New Holland Honeyeater, Superb Fairy-wren, Black-shouldered Kite, Red Wattlebird, Brown Thornbill and White-browed Scrubwren.
    The casual walk around the lake took 40 minutes.  A real treasure of a wetland with easy access.
    An added bonus, should you time your visit for a Sunday, is the arrival of the steam train from Queenscliff.  I believe it pulls into Drysdale around midday and 3pm each Sunday
     Happy birding
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