Eastlakes Golf Course - 2nd February 2002

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Subject: Eastlakes Golf Course - 2nd February 2002
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2003 18:55:14 +1100

Today, met up with David Mitford, Murray Lord, Rod Gardner and Chris Dwyer (from Orange) and we all had a fantastic few hours in Sydney?s hot spot of the moment, The East Lakes Golf Course.


We had great views of a very obliging female Little Bittern on the south-eastern end of the largest pond and beside the causeway. Both a male and a female Little Bittern have been seen in this clump of reeds over the past 2 weeks. The female Little Bittern walked and hunted over the lily pads beside these reeds as it caught several Mosquito fish (gambushia sp.). Also in the nearby reeds was a Spotless Crake and a Great Egret. This same large pond also had several Darter, 140 plus Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (220 were seen at these lakes today in total), a Common Sandpiper, 2 Pink-eared Ducks, Hardheads (a few of the total 58 seen), 7 Little Terns fishing over this fresh water pond and over common water birds. A Peregrine Falcon also made itself a menace to these water birds.


The Yellow Wagtail was seen briefly as it flew and called over the pond it was originally found (just south of the large pond with the Bittern above).


There are still both a male and female Feckled Duck present, but both were in separate ponds on either side of Wentworth Ave. On the pond north of Wentworth Ave, we also saw a juv. Double-banded Plover (many more are expected to arrive around the nearby Botany Bay during this month).


Finally there were still atleast 24 Latham?s Snipe present at Eastlakes.


A great half day of birding indeed.


Edwin Vella

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