Clunes and Werribee

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Subject: Clunes and Werribee
From: "Joy Tansey" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Dec 2002 23:22:49 +1100
Hi All,

A couple of days birding in the festive season brought some highlights.

In Clunes State Forest yesterday, the highlight was definately a Black
Honeyeater. Viewed at about 8 feet, and at eye level, I was able to have my
fill and move on before the bird thought about leaving. Other good birds
were a flock of up to 20 White-throated Needletails, White-browed
Woodswallows, Diamond Firetails and Black-chinned Honeyeater. Painted
Honeyeater were calling but elusive.

Today out at Werribee, in company of Jen Spry and playing host to a couple
of Texans, lots of waders around. Three Red Knot at Little River mouth, and
a single Black-tailed Godwit at Austin Rd were the more unusual. Good
numbers of Pacific Golden Plover in the saltmarsh at Kirks Point, and very
large numbers of Marsh Sandpiper also at Austin Rd. All the usual suspects
were accounted for - Banded Stilt at Austin Rd, Red-kneed Dots at the Borrow
Pits, a pair of Cape Barren Geese at Paradise Rd and 20 Freckled Duck at the
pond by the Beach Rd gate. Missing were Glossy Ibis and Black-fronted Dots
with none to be found. However, with 75 species seen for the day, no-one was


Joy Tansey

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