A number of observers saw the two Oriental Pratincoles at the Austin Rd lagoons
this morning. They were observed from about 9 am until at least noon. The
were occasionally being harrassed by welcome Swallows, and this provided the
best opportunity to see the practincoles, as their plumage and the weed the
were sitting in were the same mix of colours! At one point the swallows
attacked in numbers, and the practincoles flew off across Pt Wilson Rd (or
whatever it's called here) but they returned after about half an hour.
To find the birds, go to the last "permit accessible" gate on the west side of
Pt Wilson Rd. I think the track is called Austin Rd on the map, and goes
between a large lagoon on the right and several medium sized lagoons on the
left. The pratincoles have been seen in the first left side lagoon, a little
less than half way along - usually just in the "weed" (sorry, don't know the
real names of the plants here), near where the weed runs out . There's a small
channel on the far side of the biggest expanse of weed, and the birds were
usually on either side of this narrow channel. Good luck finding them - they
are almost invisible unless they move. A scope is very handy but not essential
(if you can find them!) as they are not too far from the track. What
magnificent birds, rare here or not.
Thanks to Michael, Giles, Margaret and others for the info that helped in
finding these birds.
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