Osprey at Phillip Island Vic

Subject: Osprey at Phillip Island Vic
From: John Boyce <>
Date: Fri, 05 Apr 2002 21:35:34 +1000
Hi everyone,
whilst walking to Observation pt. (5/4/02 3.00pm)at the north eastern 
end of Phillip Island in Westernport Bay, Vic I saw a juvenile Osprey 
eating a very large fish perched in a dead tree.  This is the first 
Osprey I have seen in Vic and I  had great views with spotting scope as 
it dismembered the fish slowly.  The bird was still there an hour later 
as I returned from Observation Pt but flew off as I walked by but I saw 
it down at the cowes pier later at night flying past (while buying the 
Friday night fish and chips). Does anyone know if there have been 
previous sightings on Phillip Island?
Down at Observation Point things weren't nearly as exciting as I was 
there at a very low tide (high is usually much better) but the birds 
Caspian Tern 12
Crested Tern
Pacific Gull 200
Pied Oystercatcher 100
Great Egret 4
White-faced Heron
Royal Spoonbill
Chestnut Teal
Grey Teal
Common Greenshank
Whimbrel 2
Eastern Curlew 1
Bar-tailed Godwit 50
Red-necked Stint
Red-capped Plover juv 1

Also it appears access to the point is now totally restricted, does 
anyone know if birdwatchers can legally gain access. I've been counting 
birds down there for about 15 years so would be disappointed if I was 
completely excluded, although it would be nice if they could legally 
keep the dogs away from the point.
Best Wishes
John Boyce

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