Western Treatment Plant Victoria

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Subject: Western Treatment Plant Victoria
From: Shirley Cameron <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 20:25:46 +1000

When the wind is not blowing the Treatment Plant still offers great birding even if it is cold. 

We started at the most eastern end and worked west. There were numerous Black-fronted dotterel on the Conservation Ponds.  There were workmen in the area and we wonder what is being done!   There were many Purple Swamphens about, and the Red-kneed Dotterels have returned to the Borrow Pits but few other birds were there.

Most species of duck were seen in the usuals spots. 

The tide was low, a few Pied Oystercatchers, Swans, Silver Gulls, White-faced Herons and Great Egret and Teal were out on the mud.  Many   Whistling Kite, Swamp Harriers and a few Brown Falcon and the ever-vigilant Black-shoulder Kite patrolled from the sky.

There were plenty of pelican around the ponds.  The Cape Barren Geese flew into the Paradise Rd Ponds and were near the numerous Banded Stilt.  Could not find the Pratincol but there was a Peregrine with a very satisfied look perched on the fence near Little River.

As always there were thousands of Pink-eared Duck cruising on Lake Borrie and Freckled Duck on Borrie South.

From the bird-hide we saw Fairy Wrens, White-browed Scrub Wrens and  Avocet were out on the mud. 

At Kirk Point there were a couple of Oyster Catchers and Pacific Gull.  One Oyster Catcher had bands on both legs; right leg was white/ red/white, and blue on the left leg.

On a personal note, it was Phillip Richmond’s first outing since his wife, Mary, passed away.  Those of you who know Clarkesdale near Linton will know of Mary & Phillip’s tireless work there.  Mary was one who ensured the Werribee Birding group was formed.




Shirley Cameron


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