Some interesting observations from Melbourne environs

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Subject: Some interesting observations from Melbourne environs
From: Dr Richard Nowotny <>
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2002 00:22:13 +1000
A few interesting observations from last weekend (showing UK friends some of our local sites):

1.      Approx 10 Blue-winged Parrots and 1 Orange-bellied Parrot at the Western Treatment Plant (WTP) near the Spit.
2.      10 Banded Lapwing back in their traditional paddock on Beach Rd near Avalon Airfield (hooray!).  [More accurate location details on request.]
3.      A female Brown Goshawk flushed while drinking from a wheel-rut on the grassy road around the back of Lake Borrie at the WTP.
4.      10+ Swift Parrots at the western block of the You Yangs.
5.      All 3 common local cuckoos (Horsfield's, Pallid, Fan-tailed) along Point Cook Homestead Rd (this is a reliable site for these three cuckoos at this time of year).
6.      Superb Lyrebirds in full view in the open at both Jehosaphat Gully picnic ground (Kinglake) and Badger Creek picnic ground (Healesville).
7.      An Olive Whistler under a picnic table at Badger Creek.
8.      A large mixed flock of Little and Long-billed Corellas (with a few Galahs and Sulphur-crested Cockatoos) in central Diamond Creek.

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