Couple of recent sightings

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Subject: Couple of recent sightings
From: "J & C Krohn" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 20:59:05 +1100
Haven't been out birding much lately, but a couple of incidental sightings might be of interest:
Four Crested Pigeons at Mornington (east coast of Port Phillip Bay), outside the Council offices on 13 February and three at Ashwood Secondary College (~15 km east of Melbourne CBD) on 15 February.
Couple more sightings of up to eight Long-billed Corellas over Syndal/ Glen Waverley (~20 km east of Melbourne) during past three or four weeks.
Purple-crowned Lorikeets have been present in groups of up to half a dozen or so amongst bigger flocks of Musk and Rainbow Lorkeets in eastern suburbs of Melbourne over past three weeks, including Glen Iris, East Camberwell and Syndal.  No guarantees that there haven't been some Little Lorikeets as well.
Looked over the fence of the Drouin sewage treatment works (about 100 km ESE of Melbourne) this afternoon - hundreds of waterfowl including both Teal, Hardheads, Shovelers and Pink-eared Ducks, plus Coots and Hoary-headed Grebes, but most interestingly a scattered group of at least 20 Red-necked Avocets in the shallowest (south-western) lagoon - by my understanding a pretty rare species in Gippsland.  Also a few Black-winged Stilts and large numbers of Masked Lapwings, but no smaller waders that I could see.
Good birding!  Regards,
    Jack Krohn
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