Vic. Freckled D & Brolga

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Subject: Vic. Freckled D & Brolga
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 12:42:34 +1000
Hi all,

(In response to Stuart call form information) over the weekend I visited a 
couple of sites previously mentioned in birdline and birding-aus.

At Lake Lorne the number of Freckled Duck has increased from 30 to 
approximately 100 birds! On Sunday they were near the main road and were very 
easy to see - I was able to get within a few meters of a large flock. This must 
surely be the easiest place to see this rare bird in Aust. Also present were 
large numbers of Blue-billed Duck and Little Egret.

I also paid another visit to Reedy Lake, Lake Connewarre (Lake Moolap Rd 
entrance) and the four Brolga are still present.  The water level is fairly 
consistent at the moment so it's quite easy to walk around  - specifically 
towards the golf course. A number of 'summer migrants' were surprisingly still 
present, including Whiskered Tern, Greenshank and Tree Martin. There were also 
several large groups of Red-kneed Dotterel (looking absolutely splendid!), 
numerous Marsh Harrier, both Spoonbill, Little Egret and Pied Stilt.

Happy birding,


Tim Dolby
Dept of Bus and E-com
Swinburne Uni of Tech
Ph (03) 9214 6722

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