I too would like to congratulate Sean Dooley and express my
gratitude for the wonderful reports which kept me so entertained over 2002. Thank you Sean!
As always the birding at the WTP has been great over the past month.
We have taken a few overseas visitors
around and all are astonished by the size of the Plant and the number of birds
Yesterday we took a visitor from U.K. in a
4-hour session we saw 77 species.
For those who know the Plant we were
delighted to see a Singing Bushlark at the T Section Lagoons off Point Wilson
Road. It was a bird new to my Treatment
Plant list. That is my second
addition to that list this year, the other being the Fork-tailed Swift.
Since the roadworks have been in progress
on the bridge that crosses the Geelong-Melbourne Highway we have been returning
to Werribee via Ryan’s Lagoon and South Road. There has been much flood-irrigating going on in this area
and yesterday we were delighted to see Cattle Egret in full breeding
plumage. There have been a couple
of White-necked herons lurking around in the water too.
There were at least 84 Freckled Duck on Lake
Borrie. I would be
interested to know if there are lots of Freckled Duck on Lake Lorne at Drysdale
because it seems to me that when we cannot find them at Werribee there are
reports of them at Lake Lorne and I wonder if the opposite is the case i.e. the
Freckle Duck travel between Werribee and Lake Lorne?
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