Osprey at Maitland

To: "Allan Benson" <>, "birding aus" <>
Subject: Osprey at Maitland
From: "Penelope Drake-Brockman" <>
Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2003 22:04:47 +1100
Walka Water Works, Maitland, west of Newcastle NSW - Sat 1 Feb - no Osprey, no Little Bitterns but an immature Sea-eagle and at least 250 Pink-eared Ducks and many Great Crested Grebes and a group of 28 Hoary-headed Grebes. Also pair of Whiskered Terns in breeding plumage and a dozen Eastern Grey Kangaroos taking it easy behind where the train used to be garaged. Lack of the bittern could be due to time of walk which was 3 to 5 pm as quite a few people walking the walk.
Immediately outside the water works was a Hobby.
Thanks to Dick Jenkin, it's a lovely walk all around the lake with 51 species seen. Included C. Reed Warblers with begging fledglings and a Purple Swamp Hen followed by 3 tiny black balls of fluff.
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2003 6:42 PM
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Osprey at Maitland

An Osprey was sighted today (31/1/03) at Walka Water Works near Maitland. While not that rare it is certainly an usual sighting.
Ps The Little Bittern reported here was not seen and according to another birder has not been seen for the last couple of days..
Allan Benson
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