Western Treatment Plant. Another day in Paradise

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Subject: Western Treatment Plant. Another day in Paradise
From: "Shirley Cameron" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Aug 2002 21:01:40 +1000

Today there was no wind, a very low tide and soft light, just perfect conditions.

  We recorded 53 species.

 The thousands of Pink-eared duck were slowly cruising around Lake Borrie in the company of Shovelers , Hard Heads and Teal.

 Instead of frenetically rushing around to all our favourite spots on the Plant we sat in chairs at the mouth of Little River and watched the passing parade.  The chestnut band on the Double-banded Plover was very obvious.  The Great Egret was looking more stately than usual. The Pied Oyster Catchers were there too.  Port Phillip was like a millpond.  There were rafts of cormorants out fishing.

 Spring is in the air; the male Musk Duck were flicking water everywhere, one looked like a paddle steamer at full speed.  The other male backed off reluctantly.  That was down in the ponds towards the Borrow Pits.  Still plenty of Red-kneed Dotterel on the Borrow Pits.  Avocet were on Paradise Rd Ponds, out in the Bay and at the Borrow Pits.  3 Curlew Sandpipers in breeding plumage were among 17 others at the Borrow Pits. The Hoary-headed Grebe took some short flights instead of diving.  Lots of Red-necked Stints about.

 Very pleasant, peaceful birding.  



Shirley Cameron


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