After two delightful weeks at Point Lonsdale it was good to return home to the Treatment
Our first visit was a real shock; the Borrow Pits and the Conservation
Lagoons were almost dry, and there was very little water in the T section
Murtcaim Summer Lagoons.
Fortunately while we were in the Bird Hide when one of the engineers came
by so we were able to discuss the lack of water with him. The drought is really biting!
Since then we have had some rain and today the birding was
great. There is now water in all
the above areas.
We were able to add the Black
Kite to the list. Thousands
of Red-necked stints were at the T
section Lagoons and plenty of Curlew sandpipers
many showing signs of breeding plumage. Red-necked
avocet & Banded Stilts were in the ponds too.
The Golden Plover
were in the grass at Kirk Point, Crested and Whiskered
Tern + Pacific Gull were on the rocks .
Still plenty of Freckled
Duck on Lake Borrie.
Met a fellow who he said he had seen a Northern Pintail on Lake Borrie!
There were 5 Crested Grebe
on Little River. Both Royal & Yellow Spoon bills, plenty of cormorants and swans too. There were
a few Green shanks on Little
River. Thousands of Pink-eared Duck and plenty of all the other duck species, Musk Duck with very
large pouches too. Only saw a couple
of Sharp-tail Sandpipers.
An excellent morning birding.
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