Birds on Buckley Swamp (sw Victoria)

Subject: Birds on Buckley Swamp (sw Victoria)
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2003 14:53:40 +1100
G'day all

Further to my recent post about the partial flooding of the long-drained
Buckley Swamp (10k south of Hamilton) I had a better look today.  Blowing a
gale down here so hard to use the scope and no easy vantage point for much
of the swamp.

I counted over 500 Hardheads in one area and guess there must be that many
again in the rest.  Probably a couple of thousand Whiskered Terns and maybe
1000 Black-winged Stilts.  Large flocks of Straw-necked Ibis.  Smaller
numbers of Grey Teal, Black Duck, a few Shovelers, Hoary-headed Grebes,
Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, White-necked Herons and Masked Lapwings.  Also
quite a few Fairy Martins.

Probably less than 10% of the original swamp is flooded at present and the
drains are running well.  It must have been a sight in the old days with
Brolgas, Bustards and Magpie-geese as reported before the drains went in.


Steve Clark
Hamilton, Victoria

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