Brolgas at WTP, Werribee

Subject: Brolgas at WTP, Werribee
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 20:22:31 +1000

There were a pair of Brolga's feeding in the paddocks behind the Austin Road lagoon today.

After observing them for about 15 minutes, they made their way over to the lagoon for a quick drink and then flew south over the T-section Lagoons.

They then landed again near the small "natural" pond, outside the southern most fenceline where i again watched them feed and dance for another 30 minutes.

They drew quiet a bit of attention to themsleves, with a swamp harrier hovering only a meter above the males head, as if considering the feast that stood before it. The Brolga looked up at it, and it quickly decided against it.

I continued watching them through my scope and my heart sunk in my chest, as i saw a fox appear only meters behind them; the brolgas oblivious to its presence. I frantically shouted at the top of my lungs, and ran to the car to honk the horn, in an attempt to scare the Brolgas away. I dashed back to my scope and the Brolga's continued to feed, but the fox was nowhere in sight. Looks like i scared the fox more than the Brolga's!

Anyway, fantastic as usual to see Brolga's in the area. Whens the last time Brolga's have been reported in the WTP?

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