Werribee / Purple-crowned Lorikeets

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Subject: Werribee / Purple-crowned Lorikeets
From: "Simon Mustoe" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 17:33:57 +1000
Just got back from a great few hours at Werribee.
Apart from a brief visit last spring I haven't been since I arrived in Australia a few months ago.
The first pleasant surprise was intercepting a flock of about 30 lorikeets not far down the South Road. They were almost all Littles but careful searching revealed 2 or three of both Musk and to my satisfaction, Purple-crowned. This is a species I have never really looked for but assumed that I would stumble across by just being out birding around Melbourne.
Other highlights on the lagoons included enormous numbers of Pink-eared Ducks and a stooping young Peregrine that missed three Chestnut Teal through sheer juvenile incompetence - either that or wishful thinking!
I haven't been down since the hide has been built on the shore front. What a great location. The only disappointment being that I wasn't at the site for the near-to-full tide as I imagine that this could be quite exciting. There were thousands of Red-necked Stints, a few Knots, White-winged Black Terns etc. A rather distant and alarmingly pale and frosty plover occupied my attention for a while. I was having thoughts of Kentish Plover but was concerned about size mainly. It turns out that this bird may be a regular returning pale Double-banded Plover. I had a quick chat with Mike Carter who provided me with this useful information and when it moved closer sure enough the Double-banded hypothesis was confirmed. Probably worthy of a mental note for visitors to the site as it stands out as by far the palest plover on the shoreline.
Now I have finally got my permit sorted out I will be planning to go again this winter. Another rather more localised parrot species is also missing from my 'list'. No prizes guessing which one that may be.
Simon Mustoe - Principal
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