Western Treatment Plant

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Subject: Western Treatment Plant
From: "Shirley Cameron" <>
Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2002 17:55:56 +1000

Today’s birding was too good not to share! Do you have any suggestions  re the un-identified bird, please?


In perfect conditions, all the birds seemed to be out and about after such a terrible week. At the entrance on New Farm rd. we saw a Flame Robin.  The Conservation Ponds and Borrow Pits looked splendid and there were many waders there.  The Avocet & Banded Stilts were on the Borrow Pits and lots of Red-kneed Dotterel.  Plenty of Musk Duck & Shovelers. 

On the pavers on the side of 15East Drain we saw a bird we could not identify, bigger than a Cisticola, pink legs, held its tail erect, colouring like the Tawny Grassbird, markings on the wings but not on the body. It came out from a clump of grass and picked at the rocks, scampered back behind the grass and then appeared again, this occurred a few times.

Waders on the sandbar at the mouth of the Little River. Very few birds on the Paradise Road Ponds but great activity on Lake Borrie.

The Freckled Duck were all on their usual rock and there were many thousand Pink-eared Duck about.  Down at Kirk’s Point were loads of Black & Little Black Cormorants.  Some Pied Oystercatchers flew by.  Fan-tailed Cuckoo on the fence at Beach Rd entrance.  A number of Royal Spoonbill at Austin Rd. Lagoon.  Plenty of Black-shouldered and Whistling Kite, Brown Falcons and one not identified.

It was one of the best birding days I have had at the Treatment Plant for sometime.

In all we saw 69 species and 3 un-identified, a raptor, the bird in the drain and one other.  It was very exciting to show visitors this magnificent habitat.  



Shirley Cameron


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