Recent reports of rare waders inspired me to check some
local lakes here in Northern Vic and maybe get lucky.Little Lake Boort is just
about dry and had 6 species,notably 100+Red-capped Plovers.
Lake Leaghur is dry but the roadside on the way made up
for it with 3 Grey-crowned Babblers and plenty of Woodswallows.
Lake Meran was the big suprise.It's normally a water
skiing centre but is too low for that now and had c.2000
RNAvocet,c.1500Black-winged Stilt and a few hundred Banded Stilts.
Didn't have time to go north of Kerang but the nearly
dried up Fosters swamp near the sewage farm had 2 Curlew Sandpipers and 4
Pacific Golden Plovers(I had a really good try to turn one into something
else!!!) amongst others.
MacDonalds swamp near Cohuna is a great spot at the moment
with lots going on.Marsh Sandpipers and lots of Red-kneed Dotterels there.It
looks like a great site for Painted Snipe!
So finished up happy with 12 wader species for the
The Rufous Songlarks that arrived in early September
around my house have fledged young.Its a relief becuase their constant
songflights from 3 seperate birds was starting to drive me nuts!!!(I work at
home). Now it's mainly beautiful trills and whistles all day.