re;Woodlands estate,Braeside

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Subject: re;Woodlands estate,Braeside
From: "Jacqui" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 22:11:04 +1000
    On Sunday morning we enjoyed a very pleasant outing with a group from Friends of Braeside around the large wetlands that have been created in the borrow pits of the industrial estate called Woodlands, which can be reached from the Lower Dandenong Rd entrance. It's nice to be able to walk so close to the water/reed edge in the very attractive surroundings complete with picnic table on the bank. There is also an area of bushland to walk through, but we didn't see much there.
        As we walked around we were somewhat annoyed by the 2 different lots of dog-owners who allowed their dogs to swim, one the full length of about 600M, harassing by barking at the ducks etc. and flushing out an Australian Bittern. Fortunately for the owners we did not meet up with them - the dogs were totally unsupervised . Of course there are no signs regarding dogs on leads or in the water - not that many uncaring people would take notice anyway.
    It was good to see a pair of swans nesting, but what hope have the reed nesters with dogs running through!
 (Later, nearby at the Waterways new housing area, it was great to see the magpie goose again - just a solitary one still who doesn't seem to want to find a mate. This is another area which is subjected to harassing dogs.)
The following is the list of birds seen at Woodlands;
Australasian Bittern
Grey Butcherbird
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Eurasian Coot (dominant bird no.)
Great Cormorant
Blue Billed Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Wood Duck
Great Egret
Red Rumped Parrot
Silver Gull
White Faced Heron
Black shouldered Kite
Masked Lapwing
Magpie Lark
Noisy Miner
Dusky Moorhen
Little Raven
Eastern Rosella
Purple Swamphen
Chestnut Teal
Spotted Turtle Dove
Jacqui  Sheppard

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